State Law Expands Medi-Cal Services to More Adults
For the first time in history, low-income Californians aged 50 and up are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, regardless of their immigration status.
Under the law (California Assembly Bill 133), health plans like Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) are now able to provide these adults access to preventive health care, behavioral health services, vision care and more.
In 2019, in a historic move toward health equity, the state expanded full-scope Medi-Cal services to all California residents 0-26 years old. Now, in 2022, this new law provides the most inclusive health care policy for low-income persons in the nation. Nearly 185,000 people across the state could benefit.
“When more residents have access to coordinated care and preventive services, health and wellness improves, and communities thrive,” said IEHP Chief Medical Officer Dr. Takashi Wada. “All communities, regardless of immigration status, deserve the opportunity to achieve vibrant health.”
IEHP understands the fears involved when an undocumented resident applies for Medi-Cal. That is why we are making every effort to connect residents to trusted resources and support. This includes community events, partnerships with legal help like TODEC and more.
“IEHP is eager to do all we can to support these adults so that they can get the care and benefits they need,” said IEHP Chief Executive Officer Jarrod McNaughton.
To apply for Medi-Cal, call IEHP’s helpful Enrollment Advisors at 1-866-294-IEHP (4347), Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347.