Californians can enroll year-round in Medi-Cal, a state and federally subsidized health care program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents. For those who are still uninsured, it is worthwhile to see if they are eligible for Medi-Cal because the income threshold is now higher than before. Individuals earning $16,105 a year and a family of four earning $32,913 a year can now qualify for Medi-Cal.
More than eight million Californians are already covered under Medi-Cal! Many of these eight million Medi-Cal recipients are nearing the one-year mark of Medi-Cal coverage, which is when recipients must renew their plans. In years past renewing coverage in Medi-Cal has been simple, but not this year. The forms have changed making it potentially more difficult for many to renew their health coverage. To ease the renewal process, here are some tips:
1. Counties are mailing out to households the Request for Tax Household Information (RFTHI) Redetermination Packet, which all enrollees must complete and resubmit to their county offices.
2. For an example of what the forms look like, or to complete them if you did not receive them in the mail, visit: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Documents/ACWDL2014/14-03.pdf
3. County officers are available to assist residents with completing the forms. To locate your local office visit: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/pages/countyoffices.aspx
4. The Health Consumer Alliance provides Medi-Cal support for anyone in language including; Spanish, Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Farsi, Hmong, Khmer, Korean, Mandarin, Russian, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. They can be reached with the toll-free number 1-888-804-3536.