Medical Care Services


Medical Care Services

County human service agencies administer the Medi-Cal program on behalf of the state, offering free or low-cost health coverage for California residents, including low-income children, pregnant women, families and low-income adults who meet eligibility requirements. The Medi-Cal program is California’s version of the federal Medicaid program. Nearly one in three Californians receive Medi-Cal health care coverage.


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Counties and Clinics Partner to Provide Full-Scope Medi-Cal Benefits to Children Under 19 Regardless of Immigration Status

SB 75, approved in 2015, provides full-scope Medi-Cal benefits to children under 19 regardless of their immigration status. In preparation for implementing SB 75, CWDA has been working closely with the California Endowment and the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) to facilitate communication and outreach efforts between local clinics and county human services departments. 

Budget Priority

2016-17: County Medi-Cal Administration Funding

The final 2016-17 budget agreement includes $169.9 million total funds for workload associated with implementation of the Affordable Care Act. This funding will be provided in 2016-17 and again in 2017-18, with work to begin on a new budgeting methodology that would take effect no sooner than 2018-19. This funding was included in the original budget proposed by the Governor in January after months of work between CWDA and the Department of Health Care Services and the Department of Finance last fall.

General information

Jail and Prison Inmates – How they Receive Medi-Cal Health Coverage Pre and Post Release

Since the passing of AB 720 in 2013 and implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2014, as well as several other policy initiatives, there have been many changes to the Medi-Cal program as it relates to prison and jail inmates. There have also been several changes for those individuals who are on Medi-Cal and become incarcerated, as well as individuals who are being released from prison or jail. 


Senate Bill 75: Implementing Full Scope Medi-Cal Benefits for All Children

CWDA partnered with the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) for a county SB 75 training on Wednesday, May 18. This webinar discussed the changes to Welfare and Institutions Code section 14007.8 for the Medi-Cal program pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 75 (Chapter 18, Statutes of 2015) that provides to individuals under age 19 who do not have satisfactory immigration status or are unable to verify satisfactory immigration status or citizenship with full scope Medi-Cal.