April 20, 2015

Existing law provides for the Medi-Cal program, which is administered by the State Department of Health Care Services and under which qualified low-income persons receive health care benefits. The Medi-Cal program is, in part, governed and funded by federal Medicaid pr...

April 3, 2015

Many who support broader access to health care for low-income people are decrying a U.S. Supreme Court decision this week in a case involving reimbursement levels for doctors who treat the poor. But while we share the goal of broader access, we think the court was wise...

April 1, 2015

The Aged and Disabled Federal Poverty Level increase effective April 1, 2015  (ACWDL # 15-12)


The income limit for an A&D FPL individual is $1,211
The income limit for an A&D F...

March 27, 2015

We are pleased to announce that we have completely revised our Consumer's Guide to the Medi-Cal Program.


This guide is intended as a resource for anyone with a loved one in a nursing home.


A copy of the revised guide can be downloaded here:  2015 Medi-Cal Guide.



March 16, 2015

Co-sponsored by CANHR and Western Center on Law and Poverty, SB 33:

  • Limits recovery for those 55+ to what is required by federal law – e.g. nursing facility, home and community based services and related hospital and prescription drug services – eliminates optional...

March 13, 2015

An Alternative to Medi-Cal Financed Nursing Home Care


Until recently, an elderly individual who did not have the means to pay for 24/7 medical care, had to be placed into a skilled nursing facility.  Assisted living facilities could not accept Medi-Cal as payment for t...

January 30, 2015

Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo ruled on January 20 that if California's Department of Health Care Services cannot process a Medi-Cal application within its 45-day deadline, then it must grant applicants who are likely eligible with provisional health...

January 20, 2015

California has one of the most aggressive estate recovery programs in the Country.  The Medi-Cal Estate recovery regulations provide that after the death of a Medi-Cal recipient, the State has a right to repayment from:


“All real and personal property and other assets...

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