In 2013, the Legislature passed and the Governor signed AB1x1 (Speaker Perez, Chapter 3, Statutes of 2013) and SB1x1 (Hernandez, Chapter 4, Statutes of 2013) that expands Medi-Cal to all legal residents up to 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,856 for an individual in 2013) to include adults without children under 18 at home. Medi-Cal eligibility is now based on income, not assets, with no assets test. The bills put in place eligibility and enrollment reforms to make it easier to get on and stay on Medi-Cal coverage. The Governor’s proposed FY 2014-15 budget includes funding to support the expansion of Medi-Cal in California.
For the three-month period from October to December 2013, a total of 584,000 applicants were determined to be likely eligible for Medi-Cal through the Covered California enrollment portal. There are many paths to enroll in Covered California health insurance plans and in Medi-Cal, including in-person enrollment with assistance from trained Certified Insurance Agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors, county eligibility workers, as well as self-enrollment online.
Consumers can received enrollment assistance at CoveredCA.com.