The State Assembly recently agreed to increase seniors’ access to Medi-Cal by raising the income limit of Medi-Cal’s Aged & Disabled Federal Poverty Level program (A&D FPL) to 138% of the federal poverty level. This is great news and would allow adults with full Medi-Cal, thanks to the higher Medi-Cal income limits implemented through the Affordable Care Act, to be able to keep their Medi-Cal when they become 65 and eligible for Medicare. Currently, the Medi-Cal A&D FPL income limits for people 65 and older are only 123% of the federal poverty level, which means over 20,000 seniors are dropped from necessary coverage just because they are now 65 and no longer have access to the higher income limit.
AB 2430 fixes this inequity in access to Medi-Cal that unfairly penalizes older adults. Yet in order for AB 2430 to pass, the Governor must also support it and the Governor’s May Revise budget has no mention of funding this. Now is the time to put on the pressure to make sure AB 2430 is funded. With more than $10 billion in discretionary revenue, California is in a good financial situation to make this important investment in seniors’ wellbeing.
Call the Assembly and Senate Budget Leadership and tell them to raise the Medi-Cal income limit for older adults to 138% of the federal poverty limit, therefore ending this “senior penalty,” and ensuring equal access to Medi-Cal. Support AB 2430!
- Assemblymember Joaquin Arambula, 916-319-2031
- Assemblymember Jim Wood, 916-319-2002
- Senator Richard Pan, 916-651-4006
- Senator Holly Mitchell, 916-651-4030
- Assemblymember Phil Ting, 916-319-2019
- Senate President Toni Atkins, 916-651-4039
- Speaker Anthony Rendon, 916-319-2063
See our partner’s, Justice in Aging’s fact sheet on this issue for more information. Also, view our letter of support submitted as a member of the California Collaborative of Long Term Services and Supports.