Big Changes in Medi-Cal: Asset Limit Elimination & Coverage Expansion

Medi-Cal asset elimination - Grandfather with son and grandson having fun in park

2022 is a year with big, positive changes to the Medi-Cal program. It started on May 1, 2022 when older adults age 50 and older became eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status. And as of July 1, 2022, the Medi-Cal asset limit for the Aged and Disabled Federal Poverty Level program will significantly increase from just $2,000/$3,000 for individuals and couples, to $130,000 and $195,000! This increase also applies to the Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs).

Then, as of January 1, 2024, the asset limit will be fully eliminated. These changes will allow at least 18,000 more people to qualify for Medi-Cal and will increase the economic security of the 1.4 million people already enrolled in these programs statewide.

As we’ve received many questions about these changes, our partners at Justice in Aging have some great resources to answer those questions.

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Karen Joy Fletcher

Our blogger Karen Joy Fletcher is CHA’s Communications Director. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she is the online “public face” of the organization, provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare and other health care issues. She is responsible for digital content creation, management of CHA’s editorial calendar, and managing all aspects of CHA’s social media presence. She loves being a “communicator” and enjoys networking and collaborating with the passionate people and agencies in the health advocacy field. See her current articles.