Many Find Themselves Stuck in Medi-Cal

An article published by the Los Angeles Times today, discusses how many Californians are frustrated with the process of applying for Medi-Cal and find themselves inelgible for premium subsidies.

Medi-Cal is California’s version of the federal Medicaid program for the poor.  It provides free and low cost-coverage for those who qualify and was expanded to include approximately one to two million more Californians.  California is one of the states that opted for Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.  As of January 1, Medi-Cal was expanded to include single adults and requires eligibility to be only based only on income.  Prior to this, only people with disabilities and families with children qualified for Medi-Cal and eligbility determination included a review of assets.  Under the new rules, eligibility was expended from approximately 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) to 138% of the FPL and covers children with families earning up to 266% of the FPL.




AUTHOR - Ali Nagy