The Obama Administration has approved an agreement with California that will bring $10 billion to the state over the next five years to improve care for low-income people and the disabled and broaden access to care for people who have not been eligible for the state’s Medi-Cal program.
The initiative is designed to transition California toward the 2014 full implementation of the federal health reform law, when all adults with incomes of 133 percent of the federal poverty level or less will be eligible for Medi-Cal.
The agreement, known as a “waiver” because it waives rules under which the Medi-cal program typically operates, will allow all California counties to participate in the Health Care Coverage Initiative. This program helps counties provide care to childless adults age 19-64 who do not now qualify for Medi-Cal. The state estimates that as many as a half million Californians will now be eligible for care under this program.
The agreement will also boost funding for hospitals that care for the poor without compensation.
And it will transition 400,000 seniors and people with disabilities into managed care plans.
For more details on the waiver, click here.