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Redefining Who Is In Poverty Could Bump Thousands From Medi-Cal
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California’s push to give everyone access to affordable health insurance could be disrupted by a federal plan to change the standards for poverty, according to analysts.

The Trump administration announced last month that it’s considering changes to the way it sets the federal poverty line — a measure of household income used by the federal government to determine who is eligible for certain government programs and benefits — in an attempt to better measure inflation. New options on the table could raise the annual income thresholds for households to qualify for Medi-Cal, CalFresh and other government programs.

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