Medi-Cal agreement to bring $10 billion from feds to expand, improve care

November 2, 2010

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.

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One Response to Medi-Cal agreement to bring $10 billion from feds to expand, improve care

  1. AnnaMossity

    October 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    For as long as I can remember there has existed a common misperception that “Medi-Cal” is for low-income people. Imagine my surprise when I first tried to sign up (over 20 years ago), only to discover that poverty has NEVER been enough to qualify you for assistance through this program: You also needed to either have a pregnancy/child, or a disability which was expected to last for one year or longer!

    So, in actuality, the ACA will hopefully accomplish more than a simple “expansion,” but a fundamental rethinking of the entire paradigm.

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