SJ Mercury News: California’s low income health program transfers more than 630,000 to Medi-Cal

By Tracy Seipel

Acting under provisions of the new federal health care law, California’s Department of Health Care Services on Tuesday said it transferred more than 630,000 Californians from the state’s Low Income Health Program to Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the very poor.

The new federal law, called the Affordable Care Act and also known as “Obamacare,” offered states the ability to expand eligibility for Medicaid, the federal health program for the poor, which is called Medi-Cal in California. The LIHP was established in 2010 through a $10 billion federal grant to help states prepare for the Affordable Care Act.


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