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Safety Net Patients in California

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.

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.

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