Medi-Cal Expansion

Lawmakers recently approved legislation to expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million Californians next year under federal health reform. The new law allows California to expand its Medi-Cal health coverage program to all people who have incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This equals an annual income of $15,856 for an individual and $32,499 for a family of four. Starting January 1, 2014, those newly eligible for Medi-Cal can join L.A. Care or Health Net for Medi-Cal in Los Angeles County.

To learn more about L.A. Care's Medi-Cal Program, please visit our L.A. Care Medi-Cal Plan Overview page.

Medi-Cal with L.A. Care is free for you and your family if you qualify. There are no monthly premiums or co-pays.

 

Medi-Cal health coverage provides:

  • Doctor visits
  • Prescription drugs
  • Hospital care
  • Alcohol/drug abuse services*
  • Vision care
  • Mental health services*
  • Care during and after your pregnancy
  • Preventive health care
  • Emergency room care
  • Shots (immunizations), and more

*L.A. Care will help you get these services.

 

2013 Medi-Cal Federal Poverty Guidelines for Los Angeles County

Half of America’s 48 million uninsured have incomes at or below 138% FPL. Of the approximately 2.2 million uninsured in Los Angeles County, around 600,000 may be eligible for the Medi-Cal expansion.

This equals an annual income of $15,856 for an individual and $32,499 for a family of four.

See the *chart below which shows more information about the federal poverty level:

Persons in Family/Household Poverty Guideline 138% 250% 400%
1 $11,490 $15,856 $28.725 $45,960
2 $15,510 $21,404 $38,775 $62,040
3 $19,530 $26,951 $48,825 $78,120
4 $23,550 $32,499 $58,875 $94,200
5 $27,570 $38,046 $68,925 $110,280
6 $31,590 $43,594 $78,975 $126,360
7 $35,610 $49,141 $89,025 $142,440
8 $39,630 $54,689 $99,075 $158,520

 *For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,020 for each additional person.

  *http://projects.latimes.com/mapping-la/neighborhoods/region/south-la/

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