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National plan wouldn't mean end of Healthy San Francisco

San Francisco Chronicle, November 24, 2009

Health experts say it would be great if national health reform legislation would render San Francisco's groundbreaking health program unnecessary—but they don't see that happening anytime soon. None of the bills under consideration in Congress promises to cover everyone living in the United States, leaving some people without coverage. Those include new immigrants who can't afford coverage but are not yet eligible for public programs, low-income people who wouldn't qualify for subsidies, and illegal immigrants. These are among the groups of people who have health coverage under Healthy San Francisco.