March 7, 2013(Key vote)
Title: Expands Eligibility for Medi-Cal Program
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that expands Medi-Cal coverage to certain low income residents, beginning January 1, 2014.
Expands Medi-Cal coverage to the following individuals as part of the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Secs. 1, 6 & 29):
Individuals whose incomes are below 133 percent of the federal poverty level;
Individuals over the age of 65; and
Individuals under the age of 26 who are former foster care recipients.
Requires Medi-Cal coverage to include the services outlined in the essential health benefit package defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care (Sec. 28).
Prohibits eligibility determination from including assets or resources tests if an individual’s financial eligibility for Medi-Cal is determined by the modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) (Sec. 16).
Requires that 5 percent of income be disregarded when calculating Medi-Cal eligibility for individuals whose income is determined by MAGI (Sec. 16).
Requires the eligibility of MAGI-determined Medi-Cal beneficiaries to be renewed once every 12 months (Sec. 26).
Authorizes individuals to state and affirm their date of birth, family size, household income, state residence, and any other applicable criteria rather than providing a document to determine Medi-Cal eligibility (Sec. 29).