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For a glossary of important terms in this profile, review the Key Terms for State Health Care Information for Criminal Justice Systems.
Basic Information on Health Reform in California
California has expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income adults, as of January 2015.[i] Medicaid and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Plan) are safety net health benefit programs available in California.[ii]
Health Insurance Exchange Information: California is operating its own state-based marketplace. Visit Covered California to compare health plans and take advantage of federal tax subsidies that may apply.
Eligibility and Enrollment: People in California can apply for and enroll in Medicaid or CHIP any time of year and coverage can begin immediately. They can purchase and enroll in marketplace plans during the annual open enrollment period, which begins November 1, 2015 and extends through January 31, 2016. If they meet certain criteria, such as having been released from custody in the last 90 days, they may be able to enroll in private coverage outside the open enrollment period. There are two ways to see if they meet eligibility requirements and to apply for or enroll in these benefits:
2) They can access in-person assistance or apply at a county location.[iv]
California Medicaid and Health Insurance Links
Link to important contact information and the Medicaid helpline number (800-541-5555)[vi]
Link to contact information for local California Department of Healthcare Services County Offices[vii]
Link to information on California’s Medicaid State Plan
Link to a covered benefits chart and online glossary of terms; in CA, benefits covered are the same for the traditionally eligible Medicaid population and the Medicaid expansion population under the ACA[ix] [x]
Where can you find help enrolling in health coverage and answers to questions? Call the Helpline from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday – (800- 300-1506, TTY: 888- 889-4500)or link to information on enrollment help.[ii]
State Health Information
How many people in California are eligible to participate? According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2013, 15% (5,769,600) of California’s population was uninsured.[iii] The total number of potential marketplace participants is 3,245,000.[iv]
How many are enrolled so far? 1,200,427 individuals have selected a marketplace plan, as of January 2015.[v]
How many of the state’s uninsured population are eligible for Medicaid? 2,978,000 of California’s uninsured are eligible for Medicaid; 1,736,000 of them are adults.[vi]
Is California a Medicaid health home state? Yes, link to information about California health homes.
Who are the health committee chairs in the state legislature? (Pending for new session)
Other Related Information and Links for California
Link to information on the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation[ix]
Link to information on mental health and substance abuse services in California
Link to information about California’s mental health services
Link to the County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals, California Alliance of Child & Family Services, or California Council of Community Mental Health Agencies to get information about California’s mental health and substance use disorder service providers
General Information and Useful Links on Health Reform
Kaiser Family Foundation offers information on health reform in each state:
Government websites that offer useful information on health reform:
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) offers an online directory of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in each state that offer free or low cost care.[xvii]
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) offers a directory of substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities in each state at: SA-Treatment Facility Locator and at: MH-Treatment Facility Locator.[xviii]
SAMHSA also offers the National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities, which has information on substance abuse treatment facilities by state, the types of programs available, and services they offer for justice-involved populations.[xix]
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[i] See Covered California, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 3:20 p.m.: http://www.coveredca.com/.
[ii] See Covered California, Get Help, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 3:21 p.m.: http://www.coveredca.com/get-help/.
[iii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, Health Insurance Coverage of the Total Population, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/total-population/?state=CA.
[iv] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed on December 19, 2014 at 3:16 p.m. http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[v] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Marketplace Statistics, last viewed at December 19, 2014, at 3:16 p.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/state-indicator/state-marketplace-statistics/.
[vi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, State Profiles: How Will the Uninsured Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 1:31 p.m.: http://kff.org/health-reform/fact-sheet/state-profiles-uninsured-under-aca-california/.
[vii] See California State Assembly, Health Committee, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 3:27 p.m.: http://ahea.assembly.ca.gov/.
[viii] See California State Senate, Senate Committees, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 3:28 p.m.: http://senate.ca.gov/committees.
[ix] See California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 3:29 p.m.: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/.
[x] See California Department of Health Care Services, Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, last viewed on December 19, 2014, at 3:33 p.m.: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/SUD-Services.aspx.
[xi] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Facts, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-category/health-reform/?state=CA.
[xii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xiii] See The Henry Kaiser Foundation, State Health Insurance Marketplace Profiles, January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: http://kff.org/state-health-marketplace-profiles/.
[xiv] See InsureKidsNow.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:37 p.m.: http://www.insurekidsnow.gov/chip/index.html.
[xv] See Healthcare.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m.: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/ and https://www.healthcare.gov/incarcerated-people/.
[xvi] See Medicaid.gov, last viewed on January 8, 2015 at 1:38 p.m., http://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/medicaid-and-chip-program-information.html.
[xvii] See Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Find a Health Center, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://www.bphc.hrsa.gov/.
xxxii See SAMSHA Treatment Facility Locator, last viewed January 8, 2015 at 1:40 p.m.: http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/TreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx and http://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/MHTreatmentLocator/faces/quickSearch.jspx