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Governor Brown Signs Historic Medi-Cal Expansion and State Budget

One million new low-income Californians will become eligible for Medi-Cal benefits under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown June 27, 2013 at the State Capitol. CPCA President and CEO Carmela Castellano-Garcia was among a select group of invitees at the signing ceremony.

AB 1x 1 (J. Perez) and SB 1x 1 (Hernandez & Steinberg) extend Medi-Cal eligibility to childless individuals and increase the income threshold from 100% to 138% of the federal poverty level. The legislation, along with a $96.3 billion state budget, also partially restores adult dental coverage for Medi-Cal beneficiaries and preserves full Medi-Cal benefits for legal permanent residents. New LPRs, will be moved into the Exchange, but if their QHP does not provide full Medi-Cal services, LRPs in the Exchange can obtain those services at FQHCs and will be reimbursed at PPS rates.

Additionally, the state is required to accept $26.5 million from The California Endowment and seek federal matching funds for purposes of Medi-Cal outreach and enrollment. The Covered California Assister program will receive $14 million, and counties or community-based organizations will receive $12.5 million to target specific Medi-Cal populations, including persons with mental health disorders; substance abuse use disorders; persons who are homeless, young men of color, county and state prison inmates, parolees, and probationers; families of mixed-immigration status; and persons with limited English proficiency.

Earlier updates summarized other provisions of the Medi-Cal expansion and budget bills, and a full report will be provided at the quarterly Board of Directors meeting next month. In recognition that health centers will be instrumental in implementing the ACA, the Coalition of Orange County Community Health Centers alongside with CPCA, advocated strongly for full expansion, preservation of full benefits, and restoration of services that had been eliminated in the past.

Health Care Policy Update
Obamacare Nears, but Hurdles Remain for the Needy in OC

Isabel Becerra, CEO of the Coalition: A press release on the Supreme Court’s Decision on the Health Care Law

Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez Awarded NACHC 2013 "Defender Award"

Supreme Court Upholds President Obama's Health Care Reform

NACHC Responds to U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Health Reform

CPCA on the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act

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11th Annual Madison Park Neighborhood Association Walk-A-Thon, Resource Faire and Cultural Festival
Madison Park 528 S. Standard Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707
Saturday, September 28th
8:30 am to 1:00 pm

National Health Center Week 2013
U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal, serving California’s 47th District, visits Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Center on August 15th, 2013 in support of National Health Center Week

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