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County raises income limit for free medical services

In response to a court order, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has raised the income limit for people to qualify for free medical services. But the party that sued the County over its policy

In response to a court order, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has raised the income limit for people to qualify for free medical services. But the party that sued the County over its policy says the new standard still doesn't comply with a judge's ruling. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Last month, a Superior Court judge said the County can't simply set an arbitrary income level to qualify for its Medical Services program. The court ruled the County must also take into account one's ability to pay.

Katie Murphy is an attorney with the Western Center on Law and Poverty. She says the County's new income limit of $1,084 a month just doesn't cut it.

Murphy: "It doesn't comply with the court's order, that as a limit for free care, it doesn't necessarily reflect what it costs to live in the County, and that it cannot be an outright cap, above which someone gets nothing."

County officials say they're comfortable with the new figure, which they argue is above the federal poverty level.

Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.