Monday, June 2, 2008

State Benefits, MediCal, about to Reduce

In California, the government is providing various types of state benefits in order to help eligible individuals or families who are in need of assistance for their daily necessities such as food, shelter, clothing and/or health services. These include helpful programs such as:

  • CalWork
  • Food Stamp Program
  • Head Start
  • Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
  • MediCal
  • Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
  • Unemployment Insurance
These benefits have been the primary source of living for many California’s since its implementation. However, due to the significant structural budget deficit in California, the state government has announced some pending reductions in several programs under MediCal.

As mentioned in the notice released by the Department of Health Care Services last May 20, 2008, payment for Medi-Cal fee-for-service benefits and non Medi-Cal programs whose rates are identical to Medi-Cal rates is about to suffer a 10% decrease. This will be implemented on or before July 1, this year. Nonetheless, many other programs covered by MediCal will be left unadjusted.

In my opinion, this pending cut on MediCal payments must not cause worry to the public. I think that this is only one of the strategies being executed by the government to alleviate the effects of the deflation that California and even the country is experiencing.

We should all consider the economic turbulence that is happening, and we should do our own sacrifice. Who knows, the state government may reinstate the amount of benefits if its budget becomes more stable.

For more details, you should contact DHCS or just consult your Social Security lawyer, especially if you have any plans of filing an application for such state benefits.