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Ventura County Looking At Waving All Fees At County Medical Clinics For Low Income Residents

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Ventura County is looking at making health care more accessible during the coronavirus crisis by waving sliding fees for low income residents visiting county clinics. The clinics give discounts to people with limited income, with the actual billed amount based on the ability to pay. Ventura County Health officials worry that even at a reduced rate, people might be discouraged from getting care during the crisis.

They are proposing to wave all fees from now through the end of June. The cost to the county is unknown, but it’s expected to be small because self-pay patients represent less than five percent of all patient revenue.

Ventura County Supervisors will consider the proposal at an emergency board meeting Tuesday.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.