California Health Advocates, along with 41 other advocacy organizations across the state, submitted a letter to Governor Newsom asking him to reform Medi-Cal's share of cost calculation in his 2022-2023 January budget proposal. Even though the recent increase in allowable income for free Medi-Cal has helped a large number of people access medical care without a huge share of … [Read more...] about Medi-Cal Share of Cost Needs Reform – CHA Calls on Governor Newsom
In case you missed this good news, it is worth repeating. California's final 2021-2022 budget includes the elimination of Medi-Cal's asset test! This is a huge win, and one that California Health Advocates and many advocates across the state have been working on for a long time. The asset test elimination will be phased in over 2.5 years. First, as of July 1, 2022, the … [Read more...] about Medi-Cal’s Asset Test to Be Mostly Eliminated by July 1, 2022
Did you know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recently changed their rules about how pandemic-related financial assistance can affect a person's eligibility for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or monthly SSI benefit amount? If not, this is some good news. Previously, SSA had been counting many types of assistance as income and resources for SSI purposes, … [Read more...] about Good News on Recent Change for SSI Recipients & Applicants
In mid August, the Senate passed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, followed by a $3.5 trillion budget blueprint reconciliation bill passed on party-lines that would make it possible to expand education, child care, climate change initiatives and health care, including many key improvements to Medicare. While the road ahead to passage could be arduous, if the House … [Read more...] about Tell Congress to Say Yes to Medicare Improvements ~ Now is the Time!
Have you heard of the new Emergency Broadband Benefit (EBB)? It is a temporary Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program to help eligible families and households who are struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides discounts on services and devices, and will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual … [Read more...] about Do You or Someone You Know Need Internet Access? Emergency Broadband Benefit May Help