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Medi-Cal: The Cornerstone of Ca Kids' Health Care

More than 5.7 million California kids have Medi-Cal.1

Over half (54%) of California’s children are in Medi-Cal; Medi-Cal is the state Medicaid program for low-income people.2

They get health coverage that includes: preventive care, emergency care, mental health care, and dental care.3

Kids who are covered by Medicaid: Do better in school and miss fewer school days; Are more likely to graduate from high school and go to college; Have fewer emergency visits and hospitalizations as adults and; Earn more money as adults.4

Because of Medi-Cal, the uninsured rate for California’s children has been cut by more than half since 2001 (from 10.3% in 2001 to 4.5% in 2014).5

We are one step closer to ensuring that all kids living in California have health coverage! Since the May 2016 expansion of Medi-Cal to #Health4AllKids, about 142,000 undocumented children now have access to comprehensive Medi-Cal coverage. Thousands more still need to be enrolled, so let’s finish the job.6

 

Sources

  1. “Medi-Cal Children’s Health Dashboard,” Department of Health Care Services, pg. 1, (May 2016), http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/provgovpart/Documents/ May2016PediatricDashboardv2.pdf.

  2. “Proportion of California Population Certified Eligible for Medi-Cal by County and Age Group—Sept. 2015 (Jan. 2016), http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/dataandstats/statistics/ Documents/Medi-Cal_Penetration_Brief_ADA.PDF

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  3. “Medi-Cal Provides a Comprehensive Set of Health Benefits That May Be Accessed as Medically Necessary,” Department of Health Care Services, (Jan. 2016), http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Documents/Benefits_Chart.pdf.

  4. “The Healthy Families Program Health Stats Assessment (PedsQL) Final Report,” Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board, (2004); Yeung, R. et al., “Can Health Insurance Reduce School Absenteeism?,” Education and Urban Society (2011), http://eus.sagepub.com/content/43/6/696; Cohodes, S., et al., “The Effect of Child Health Insurance Access on Schooling: Evidence from Public Insurance Expansions,” National Bureau of Economic Research (2014), www.nber.org/papers/w20178; Wherry, L. R., et al., “Childhood Medicaid Coverage and Later Life Health Care Utilization,” National Bureau of Economic Research (2015), www.nber.org/papers/w20929.pdf; Brown, D. W., et al., “Medicaid as an Investment in Children: What is the Long-Term Impact on Tax Receipts?,” National Bureau of Economic Research (2015), www.nber.org/papers/w20835.pdf.


  5. Analysis of California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data accessed through AskCHIS from the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, http://ask.chis.ucla.edu. 


  6. The FY 2016-17 state budget estimates 185,000 children will enroll in the SB 75 expansion of Medi-Cal (see pg. 25 of Governor’s Budget Summary 2016-17, http://www.ebudget.ca.gov/2016-17/pdf/Enacted/BudgetSummary/FullBudgetSummary.pdf; however, the UC Berkeley—UCLA CalSIM 2.0 model estimates that about 225,000 undocumented children are eligible for Medi-Cal in 2017 (see M. Dietz, et al, “Preliminary Regional Remaining Uninsured 2017 Data Book, California Simulation of Insurance Markets (CalSIM) version 2.0,” http://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/preliminary-regional-data-book-2017/). The Department of Health Care Services indicated that as of October 2016, about 150,000 newly-eligible children have already enrolled in full-scope Medi-Cal (approximately 119,000 children transitioned from restricted scope Medi-Cal and 31,300 children newly enrolled). Based on these data, we estimate that there are roughly 35,000 – 75,000 undocumented eligible for Medi-Cal but not yet enrolled.


     

    Brought to you by Children Now & The Children’s Movement of California, October 2016