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