Homeless women face coverage obstacles

Even with expanded access to healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, homeless women in California struggle to obtain coverage, HealthyCal reported. For example, the state expanded Medi-Cal to 1.4 million newly eligible residents, including up to 55,000 chronically homeless people, but beneficiaries must still provide proof of residency to enroll in 2015. For the ACA to improve the health of homeless women, behavioral health and substance abuse specialists, homeless shelters, housing providers and policymakers need to collaborate. "It's really key to deliver those services together, so you don't have a woman going to three different agencies," Leslie Clark, executive director of United Homeless Healthcare Partners, in Los Angeles County, told HealthyCal. Article