Beginning January 1, 2020, ALL eligible children and young adults through age 25, regardless of immigration status, will be able to enroll in Medi-Cal!

Great news! In June 2019, the state of California approved the 2019-2020 budget, which included the #Health4All Medi-Cal expansion to cover all income-eligible young adults, regardless of immigration status. This is an expansion to the landmark 2016 coverage of undocumented children in California through age 19 via SB 75. 

As a result of the young adult expansion, or #Health4AllYoungAdults, an estimated 90,000 Californians will gain coverage on January 1, 2020. 

For more details and tips for outreach, check out the below webinar with health advocates who share more information:

This site is currently under construction. Check back for more info, enrollment resources, and tools for outreach (coming soon) and let us know what would be helpful to YOU!

Eligibility 

Who would be newly eligible? 

  • Individuals ages 19 through 25 
  • Individuals who are undocumented (individuals who have “unsatisfactory  immigration status” for full-scope Medi-Cal or are unable to verify citizenship)
  • Individuals who are not yet enrolled in Medi-Cal

Who makes up the transitioning population? 

  • Individuals ages 19 through 25
  • Individuals currently enrolled in restricted scope Medi-Cal

Will my enrollment in Medi-Cal through this expansion put me at risk of being considered a public charge? 

  • Many immigrants are exempt from the public charge test
  • Medicaid, or Medi-Cal in California, currently does not count in this test – Although DHS (Department of Homeland Security) is trying to change the rules, they have not changed yet
  • State funded Medi-Cal is not considered a benefit in the new public charge test
  • Among Medi-Cal eligible immigrants, the majority of those who could potentially face the public charge test would have state-funded Medi-Cal. This includes 
    • DACA recipients
    • Undocumented kids who became eligible through the “Health4All Kids” expansion
    • Undocumented young adults ages 19-25 (eligible starting Jan. 1, 2020)
    • LPRs who have been in the U.S. less than 5 years, and many others

For more eligibility information, check out out this helpful chart from the California Immigrant Policy Center!

What Can You Do Now?

As an enroller, what can you do to help?

  • Assist families with navigating the enrollment process.
  • Encourage patients to bring a friend or family member with them to the visit, to ease their comfort
  • Coordinate and partner with county Medi-Cal eligibility office to identify and address the specific local enrollment issues facing the community during implementation.
  • Work with local partners to organize and coordinate community events to educate and enroll families.

How can you be more supportive to the needs of immigrant communities?

  • Help families navigate complex systems of care by assisting with paperwork, providing empathetic care, and linking patients to community resources
  • Ask patients which language they prefer to use, and provide interpretation and resources in that language when possible
  • Provide training for staff and ensure that as part of their training they refrain from terms like “illegal”, “DREAMer”, “DACA kid”
  • Respect intersecting identities of immigrants, including race, sexual orientation, gender, ability, etc.
  • Reduce fear of detention and deportation by clarifying how personal information will be shared.
    • Personal information on Medi-Cal applications is confidential and can only be used for enrollment purposes (California Welfare & Institutions Code Section 14100.2)

More info coming soon!

Resources

Visit our sister site Health4AllKids.org for more enrollment resources!

Questions? 

Contact allinforhealth@childrenspartnership.org