Is Your California Medicaid Coverage Mandatory?

Many people do not know the difference between Medicaid and Medicare and tend to assume that they are the same thing.  While it is health care coverage that is provided by the government, they are run by different kinds of government.  Medicare is federally funded, while Medicaid is a combination of state and federal funding.  To receive federal funding the state must abide by certain guidelines.

Here is a brief overview of who is mandatorily covered by Medicaid per the Federal Government:

• Low-income families participating in CalWORKs, and those who meet financial standards for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) that were in effect in July 1996.

• Seniors and people with disabilities participating in the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.

• Pregnant women and children with family incomes below specified levels.

• Children receiving foster care and adoption assistance.

• Certain low-income Medicare beneficiaries.

If you feel you belong in one of these groups and you have been denied coverage to Medicaid you should contact your local government representative.  These guidelines are tied to state funding for the program and the state can face penalties for non-cooperation.

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