Eliminating Medi-Cal Premiums for Children and Pregnant Individuals:
Removing Inequitable Economic Barriers to Health Care in California

Research shows that Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) coverage improves children’s health, reduces disability, increases educational attainment, and increases their economic stability in later life. Although Medi-Cal coverage provides children and families a solid foundation to meet all their health care needs, for some families with children, including pregnant persons, this comprehensive coverage may be out of reach due to monthly payments, called premiums.