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DHCS Provides Update on Medi-Cal Optional Adult ACA Expansion Population

The Department of Health Care Services has released a statistical brief analyzing the optional Medi-Cal expansion under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which began in October 2016. The ACA extended Medicaid eligibility to non-elderly adults with incomes under 138 percent of the federal poverty level. In October 2016, nearly 4 million Californians aged 19 to 64 — 9.5 percent of the statewide population, or one in 11 Californians — were enrolled in Medi-Cal as a result of the ACA. The brief describes the Medi-Cal eligibility pathway for newly eligible individuals; historic growth of Medi-Cal’s optional adult ACA expansion population; demographic composition of the population; and the percent of each county and congressional district’s population that is eligible under the optional expansion.

The brief also includes tables, with data as of October 2016, addressing:

  • Total population and the optional adult ACA expansion population as a proportion of the population, by Congressional district 
  • California, Medi-Cal and optional adult ACA expansion populations, and enrollment in the optional adult ACA expansion population as a proportion of Medi-Cal’s and California’s populations, by county
  • Top 10 counties with the largest percent of the county’s population enrolled in the optional adult ACA expansion population, by county;
  • Largest aggregate enrollment in the optional adult ACA expansion population, by county

 

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