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Improving the Health of Individuals Reentering Communities from the Criminal Justice System

The role of the Medi-Cal program in providing health care to Californians reentering the community from the criminal justice system expanded substantially in 2014. All citizens and legal permanent residents with incomes up to 138% FPL are now eligible,[1] and many individuals without minor dependent children in their households will […] more

Improving the Health of People Experiencing Homelessness: Issues and Recommendations

California’s decision to expand its Medicaid program provides federal funding opportunities to improve the health of its most vulnerable residents. Individuals experiencing homelessness have much to gain from Medi-Cal coverage, particularly considering that the homeless are in poorer health than their housed counterparts. Studies show that there is great potential […] more

Transforming Drug Medi-Cal: Key Considerations for a Waiver Amendment

California’s expanded Medi-Cal program and expanded Substance Use Disorder (SUD) benefit provides an opportunity for beneficiaries to access improved services through the Drug Medi-Cal (DMC) program. In California, 1.9 million individuals are newly enrolled in Medi-Cal in 2014, [1] and an anticipated 147,000 to 195,000 of these individuals are in […] more

Updated – Better Coordinating Coverage for Pregnant Women: Putting Families First

Covered California plans and nearly all individual and employer-based health insurance plans offer maternity care.  California covers care for pregnant women through Medi-Cal (up to 200% of FPL), Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) (up to 300% of FPL) and now Covered California covers maternity care (with premium subsidies up […] more

Assistance With Premium Payments and Cost-Sharing – The Non-Federal Share

While the Affordable Care Act (extends health insurance to millions of Californians, not all will enroll. Between 3.1 and 4 million Californians may still lack health insurance in 2019. Many of the remaining uninsured will cite costs and affordability of coverage options as the primary reason for not enrolling. The […] more

The Tragedy of Prison Health Care in California: An Extended Timeline

While the Affordable Care Act has ensured that millions of Californians have access to affordable, quality health care, the same cannot be said for California’s prison and county jail inmates.  This timeline chronicles the fraught history of the state’s prison health care system, from 2002 to the present. January 30, […] more

Children’s Health Coverage Under the ACA

This series examines the future of children’s coverage in California, both where we are now and where we need to go in the near future.  Topics discussed include: Current coverage of children Remaining uninsured children post ACA implementation Future of state programs like CHDP, AIM, CCS, and Family PACT Delivery […] more

Bridge Plan Legislation – Summary of SB X1 3 (Hernandez)

Download the PDF here:   SB X1 3 (Hernandez) sets the rules for Bridge Plans (Medi-Cal managed care plans) that can offer low cost continuation coverage in the Exchange for individuals losing Medi-Cal eligibility, and whole family coverage for families where the children are on Medi-Cal and the parents eligible […] more

Summary of California Assembly Bill 85

Summary of AB 85: The Budget Trailer Bill Governing County Health Realignment This bill transfers realignment  funds from county health to social services with a 5% CalWorks increase in aid payments on March 1, 2014. It reduces county health realignment funds by an average of 60% beginning in January 1, […] more

Summary of Medicaid Expansion: SB X 1 1 and AB X 1 1

Download the full summary here: Executive Summary Eligibility Coverage of Parents and MIAs up to 133% of FPL (MAGI, Modified Adjusted Gross Income eligibles) MAGI applies to all individuals and families, except the aged and disabled. Consolidation of all income disregards to a 5% uniform disregard for all MAGI eligibles, […] more