Households with people of multiple health problems tend to struggle living normally, having been severely affected by their relatives’ declining health. California state officials knew this was an issue and decided to establish Medi-cal.
Medi-cal’s goal is to provide free or low-cost healthcare services to Californians for low-income households; they also want to reduce chronic homelessness and help homeless individuals. People can apply through mail, in-person, or online.
Eligibility and Requirements
People who are eligible for applying are 65 years old and above, under 21, have a form of disability, pregnant, refugee status, skilled nurse or caretaker, a parent or guardian of an eligible child, and have been screened for breast and cervical cancer.
Additionally, those enrolled under CalFresh, CalWorks (AFDC), Refugee Assistance, Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Program, Social Services and Social Security can also register for the program.
Local countries were contacted beforehand to be educated of the program and its goals, so that they understand the guidelines of eligibility of individuals and households and benefits of the program.
Individuals who want to apply must contact their local county to learn more about healthcare plans and other information, and to apply for a Medi-cal plan. Afterwards, they’re required to choose a plan within 30 days or the State chooses one for them.
Some examples of health plans they have are various hospital services and programs for all ages. Many healthcare professionals are available to cooperate and answer some questions enrollees’ may have.
The Department of Healthcare Services (HCS) notes some households are eligible for different health coverage programs, parents could enroll in Coverage California, while the children could apply for Medi-cal.
However, due to economic changes in the country, many were worried when the income limit kept rapidly changing as it would mean they would likely no longer be able to afford it.