Public News Service: Hearing Today on Bill to Make Medi-Cal Accessible for More Low-Income Adults (March 22, 2022)
Low-income older adults and people with disabilities who make just over the Medi-Cal limit have to pay 60% of their monthly income as a share of cost, minus a set amount for living expenses. The so-called “maintenance level” is set at just $600 a month.
Tiffany Huyenh-Cho, senior staff attorney for Justice in Aging, a law firm advocating for older adults and persons with disabilities, said Assembly Bill 1900 raises the maintenance level to 138% of the federal poverty level, which works out to about $1,400 a month.
“It would free up income to pay for food, rent and other expenses,” Huyenh-Cho explained. “Because the maintenance need level won’t be set at such a low number, at $600 a month for a single person.”