California Medicaid

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Definitions of Medicaid in California

Medicaid in California*

"Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program which provides needed health care services for low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDS. Medi-Cal is financed equally by the State and federal government. "
*source: State of California Department of Health Care Services , Sacramento, CA 95899

Children's Medicaid in California

See the section on this page Health Programs for Children: CHIP: California

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Medicaid in California: How It Works; An Introduction to California Medicaid; What is California Medicaid?

  • web page:
    Services - Adult Health

    source:State of California Department of Health Care Services
    2 pages; languages: English
    from the web page: "Coordinated Care Management... Disease Management... Family Planning... Long-Term Care Alternatives (Home and Community-Based Service Options)... Medical Case Management"
    • also from State of California Department of Health Care Services:
      Children and Teenagers Information
      languages: English
      from the brochure:
      "Find out how to get information on nutrition, dental health, vision, hearing screening, teen pregnancy, and special health care needs; get health resources for parents, teenagers, children and infants..."

  • web page:
    MEDI-CAL | California - Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute
    languages: English
    from the webpage:
    "Medi-Cal (also called Medicaid) is a program that provides health coverage to some low-income California residents. Medi-Cal covers families with children and pregnant women, medically needy individuals, the elderly, and people with disabilities, if state and federal guidelines are met. Legal residents who are not U.S. citizens may be eligible for Medi-Cal. Questions concerning immigration status and eligibility should be directed to the California Department of Health Care Services..."
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California Medicaid Medi-Cal Eligibility, How to get Medicaid in California, Requirements


California Medicaid Citizenship Requirements


Applying for California Medicaid


California Medicaid Offices


California Medicaid Health Plans, HMO, California Primary Care Physicians


Children's Medicaid: Health Programs for Children: California CHIP, SCHIP:


What is Medicaid for children in California?

Children's Medicaid in California:

California's Medicaid (called Med-Cal) provides coverage and benefits for children as well as adults. Children who do not qualify for low-cost Medi-Cal may be elgible for the California Healthy Families Program. See references below to both Medicaid and the Healthy Families Program.

What is CHIP?

"Originally created in 1997, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is a state and federal partnership that provides low-cost health insurance coverage for children in families who earn too much income to qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance coverage. States have considerable flexibility to establish income eligibility rules for CHIP, but children enrolling in the program must be otherwise uninsured."
source: - Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. , Washington, DC

California Medicaid Benefits and Coverage: Medicaid Services


Medicaid Prescription Drugs; Preferred Drug List


California Medicaid Dental Services; Dentist


California Medicaid and Nursing Homes, Assisted Living, Home Health Care


California Medicare / Medicaid Dual Eligibles - California Medicare Savings Program


California Medicaid Waiver Programs

Medicaid Community Waivers in California

"A waiver allows the Department of Health Services (DHS) to waive Medi-Cal criteria for persons who would not be able to receive these Medi-Cal benefits otherwise. Services provided under a waiver are typically not part of the available benefit package under Medicaid or may be an extension of an existing benefit when there are pre-determined limits such as with therapy services. Home and Community Based Service (HCBS) waivers are creative alternatives, allowed under the federal law for states participating in Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), to be implemented in the home community for certain Medi-Cal beneficiaries to avoid hospitalization or nursing facility placement... "
*source: California Association for Health Services at Home , Sacramento, CA 95834

More resources about California Medicaid Waiver Programs:


Report Medicaid Fraud in California


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