Medi-Cal is now available to ALL low-income children, regardless of immigration status.
In 2015, California legislators and the governor passed Senate Bill 75 to expand health coverage to all income-eligible children in the state, regardless of their immigration status. Eligible undocumented children now qualify for full-scope Medi-Cal coverage and a comprehensive benefits package that includes regular preventive and primary care, dental care, mental health services, and the relatively recent addition of behavioral health treatment (BHT) for children with autism.
California is not the first state to make the smart investment to extend health coverage to undocumented children (we join Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Washington, D.C., and Washington), but we are the largest.
Covering over half of all California kids, Medi-Cal is the cornerstone of kids’ health care in California. Because we know that health care is absolutely critical for kids — and results in positive educational, health, and achievement outcomes into adulthood — a coalition of community organizations and advocates has formed to work with families to get all California’s eligible kids enrolled. And we’re well on our way. Of an estimated 185,000 eligible kids, over 133,000 have enrolled in since May 2016, when the law took effect.
The #Health4AllKids builds on California’s steady progress over the past 15 years — primarily driven by Medicaid and CHIP — in covering uninsured children. California is getting much closer to finishing the job of covering all kids without exception and we must keep the momentum going to ultimately ensure that all Californians have the dignity of health coverage and access to health care.
For more information, please visit: www.health4allkids.org.< Back to all Health Care Access & Coverage