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Counties Are Key Partners in the Medi-Cal Program

By Shannon McConville

County governments play an important role in administering Medi-Cal and organizing and delivering health services. We look at how counties' Medi-Cal responsibilities—as well as the resources available to carry them out—have shifted over the past decade, a period that has seen the state significantly expand program eligibility.

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The Affordable Care Act Has Expanded Community Clinics in California

By Shalini Mustala, Shannon McConville

Community clinics have long been a key health care provider for underserved and low-income Californians. With the state significantly expanding the Medi-Cal program under the federal Affordable Care Act, community clinics have become even more important in promoting access to care, especially for new enrollees.

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Medi-Cal Has Expanded Health Coverage in California

By Shannon McConville, Shalini Mustala

Over the past ten years, the expansion of Medi-Cal has been a key driver of health coverage gains under the federal Affordable Care Act. Federal policy responses during the COVID-19 public health emergency also boosted Medi-Cal enrollment, though it has declined with the resumption last year of regular eligibility checks.


Health Conditions and Health Care among California’s Undocumented Immigrants

Insights into the health care needs of undocumented patients can help the state prepare for the expansion of Medi-Cal to all low-income Californians. PPIC researcher Shalini Mustala will present a new report on the health of undocumented patients and the services they tend to use; report lead author Paulette Cha will moderate a panel discussion about the series of Medi-Cal expansions and other safety net investments that benefit undocumented residents.


Health Conditions and Health Care among California’s Undocumented Immigrants

By Paulette Cha, John Heintzman, Patricia Malagon

In January 2024, Medi-Cal will expand to all low-income Californians, regardless of age or immigration status. Understanding chronic conditions among undocumented patients and the health services they tend to use can help the state prepare to meet the needs of new applicants.

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