The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) reviews how California’s safety net residents receive medical care. Safety Net patients are considered those who have incomes below 300% of the federal poverty line. Below is a list of governmental and non-governmental programs which serve California Safety Net residents.
- State: Medi-cal (California’s Medicaid program) and Healthy Families (California’s CHIP program)
- County: Medically Indigent Adult (MIA) programs
- Episodic: breast and cervical cancer treatment Program, Child Health and disability, Prevention Program, Expanded Access to Primary care, Family PACT, and California Children’s Services (CCS)
- Low-income, non-government insurance: California Kids, Kaiser Permanente Cares for Kids, Healthy Kids.
This graph shows public program eligibility by poverty level for different types of residents. These eligibility levels are from 2009 and will change once health reform is implemented. In particular, Medi-Cal will be extended to more individuals.
One interesting point is that while adults with children are currently eligible for Medi-Cal if their income is below the poverty line, adults without children can only receive subsidized medical services through county programs.
- California Health Care Foundation “California’s Health Care Safety Net: Facts and Figures” October 2010.