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New Gov. Newsom Expands Medi-Cal Coverage for Undocumented Young Adults
BY BRIDGET JOHNSON JANUARY 7, 2019
WASHINGTON -- Right after California Gov. Gavin Newsom was inaugurated into office today, he signed a series of executive orders on healthcare including making the Golden State the first in the nation to cover undocumented young adults under the state's Medicaid program.
Undocumented children and teens are already covered by Medi-Cal; the new directive follows the Affordable Care Act guideline of allowing most young adults to stay on their parents' plans until age 26.
Newsom's office called it a "major step toward universal coverage," along with other healthcare executive orders that comprise his first-year “California for All” agenda.
Those also include expanding the Medi-Cal pricing and purchasing for prescription drugs from 2 million beneficiaries to 13 million, with the eventual goal "to enable all Californians, including private purchasers, to join forces with public purchasers," and expanding Obamacare subsidies: the cutoff line has been individuals earning more than $48,000 a year or a family of four earning more than $98,000, but that will be bumped up to individuals earning up to $72,840 and families of 4 earning up to $150,600 with state funds filling the gap.