Health Agencies Ready To Enroll Kids Who Are In The U.S. Illegally In Medi-Cal
Statewide, about 55,000 children are expected to be added to the program for low-income residents. Meanwhile, Medi-Cal's online enrollment system for health care providers is getting an upgrade.
The Fresno Bee:
Full Medi-Cal Coverage Extended To Undocumented Children
Beginning this month, undocumented children are eligible for full Medi-Cal coverage for the first time in California, and health centers and nonprofit agencies in the central San Joaquin Valley are ready to enroll them. Right now, 115,000 children are enrolled in restricted Medi-Cal, which has allowed them to receive emergency medical services. But under Senate Bill 75, beginning on May 16 they will be transferred into comprehensive, or full-scope Medi-Cal, which will pay for preventive care and routine medical visits, in addition to emergency care. Undocumented children will be eligible for the full Medi-Cal benefits until age 19. (Anderson, 5/2)