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  • CHA Opposes State Budget Proposal to Cut Medi-Cal Access to Seniors

    By on May 22, 2020

    California Health Advocates joins Western Center on Law & Poverty in urging the Legislature to oppose cuts proposed in the Governor’s May Revision that would reduce access to health care for California’s low-income seniors. Specifically, we are asking the Legislature to: Not expand estate recovery, which acts as Medi-Cal enrollment barrier and recovers homes of...

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  • 600,000 Seniors Depend on SNAP Benefits for Good Nutrition ~ Tell the Administration Not to Take Them Away

    By on September 16, 2019

    In July, the Trump Administration proposed a new rule that would take away Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from 3 million people, including over 600,000 seniors, by restricting broad-based categorical eligibility. Use the National Council on Aging’s comment portal and these resources from Justice in Aging to tell the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to protect SNAP for...

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  • Californians Deserve an Alternative to Nursing Homes ~ Support AB 2233

    By on September 6, 2018

    AB 2233 (Kaira) expands California’s Assisted Living Waiver Program, which offers seniors and persons with disabilities the option to receive Medi-Cal covered services in assisted living facilities, rather than nursing homes. This bill passed the legislature with nearly unanimous bipartisan support, and now it is up to Governor Brown to sign the bill into...

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  • Denti-Cal Re-instated for Adults on Full Medi-Cal

    By on April 11, 2018

    Beginning January 1, 2018, Medi-Cal re-instated Denti-Cal benefits for all adults on full Medi-Cal. These benefits had been cut in 2009 due to budget cuts, were partially re-instated in May 2014 and now it’s important to get the word out that full coverage is back. Dental health is an important part of one’s overall...

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  • CHA Joins over 50 Organizations Opposed to Congressional Tax Plan

    By on December 18, 2017

    CHA joined over 50 organizations concerned about access to affordable, high-quality health care and long-term services and supports for older adults, people with disabilities, and their families, sent letters to Congressional leaders in both the House and the Senate on Friday, December 15th in opposition to the tax bill that is likely to be...

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  • Protect Our Health Care ~ 4 Simple Actions to Take Today!

    By on July 26, 2017

    Below is an urgent update from our partners Justice in Aging on the imminent vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act and 4 important actions for today! Yesterday, the Senate took a reckless and irresponsible step towards gutting healthcare for older adults and others, and removing critical consumer protections that save lives. With Vice...

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  • Are You Affected by Cal MediConnect?

    By on April 22, 2014

    Starting April 1, 2014, beneficiaries dually eligible for Medicare and Medi-Cal (informally called “duals” or “Medi-Medis”) in a few counties have received notices about or experienced changes in how they receive benefits. The changes are brought about by “Cal MediConnect,” a demonstration to integrate Medicare and Medi-Cal. Cal MediConnect is part of the larger...

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  • Support AB 2025 ~ Legislations Raises Income Level for Aged & Disabled Medi-Cal Program

    By on March 31, 2014

    Assemblymember Roger Dickinson recently introduced AB 2025 to raise the income level of the Aged and Disabled Medi-Cal program (A&D program) to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This change would create consistent income eligibility for different Medi-Cal programs and parity for seniors and people with disabilities. With AB 2025, more people who...

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  • Qualified Individual Program Expires 3/31 ~ Tell Congress to Make the QI Program Permanent

    By on March 16, 2014

    The Qualified Individual (QI) program is one of the Medicare Savings Programs which help Medicare beneficiaries with lower incomes pay some out-of-pocket costs. Specifically, the QI program pays the Medicare Part B premium for Medicare beneficiaries with incomes between 120% and 135% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and who meet the asset limit....

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  • California’s Working Disabled Program Got Even Better ~ Summary of Changes in Effect Since 8/1/11

    By on June 5, 2012

    The California Working Disabled (CWD) program is designed to encourage and support people with disabilities to participate in the workforce while still qualifying for Medi-Cal’s health insurance benefits. Because of this program, people with disabilities don’t have to choose between work and Medi-Cal; they can have both. Also, contrary to the common assumption that...

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