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Facing Lawsuit, San Diego Expands Healthcare to 900 More Indigent

San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand their health safety net to about 900 more people who cannot afford health care. The vote was in response to a lawsuit that alleges the cou

Facing Lawsuit, San Diego Expands Healthcare to 900 More Indigent

San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to expand their health safety net to about 900 more people who cannot afford health care. The vote was in response to a lawsuit that alleges the county is not fulfilling a legal mandate to provide health care for the most poor and indigent.

Supervisor Greg Cox says the county is doing what it can.

Cox : It's a question of how much can you afford. We are waiting for a review from the state supreme court and I think we're waiting to see what they might say.

Richard Rothschild is with the Western Center for Law and Poverty , which filed the lawsuit. He says the Supervisors' vote still does not expand the safety net enough.

Rothschild : It completely ignores what the court of appeals said was wrong and will not survive in court. Counties have a duty to people who can pay for a small portion of their care and cannot simply deny them care altogether.

Rothschild says other large counties in California -- like L.A. and San Francisco -- find ways to cover more people who don't qualify for other health care coverage.