Medi-Cal

About Medi-Cal

Every year, California’s hospitals treat millions of patients, many of them covered by Medi-Cal, the state’s health care safety net. This includes numerous essential health care services, including care for more than 50% of all births, 51% of behavioral health-related emergency department visits, and 49% of rural hospital patient care But for low-income Californians who rely on Medi-Cal for coverage — two-thirds of whom are people of color — their care is at serious risk. Communities with high Medi-Cal enrollment already suffer from a severe lack of health care providers and with hospital services at risk of being reduced and outright closures looming, California’s most vulnerable, including people living in rural and underserved areas, are in jeopardy.

CHA Provides Resources to Support Hospitals’ FEMA Applications

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is requiring hospitals to offset reimbursement requests for qualified COVID-19 expenses for any third-party claims payment for health care services. However, the agency has not offered any detailed guidance on how any patient care-related revenue should be offset, and is relying on hospitals to provide a methodology.  

Budget Deal Brings Big Changes for Health Care

Earlier this week, California’s Senate and Assembly, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom, finalized several important details of this year’s budget, a $300 billion spending package that includes several far-reaching features that will affect both health care delivery and hospital operations. While legislation is far from complete and it is expected that more issues will arise […]