Kathleen Grassi: In May, children get better access to health care

There is exciting news for low-income families with children in Merced County. In May, all children will be eligible to receive full-scope Medi-Cal benefits if they are financially eligible. No longer will immigration status be considered when it comes to the health of children. This change was signed by into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Children under the age of 19 can begin enrolling in Medi-Cal now for coverage beginning in mid-May. Children in families with incomes up to approximately $64,500 for a family of four are eligible. In Merced County, approximately 3,000 undocumented children are expected to be eligible for Medi-Cal.
Medi-Cal health benefits for children include preventive services, vaccines and well-child visits; doctor visits and specialty care; emergency services; hospitalization, prescription drugs as well as other medical services. Medi-Cal enrollees are also eligible for dental services through the Denti-Cal program.
To learn more or to enroll, call the Merced County Human Services Agency at 209 385-3000. You can also apply on-line at www.c4yourself.com.
Ensuring that children – all children – have access to full-scope health care is one of the best public health investments we can make.
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