California Healthline: Questions Raised Over Medi-Cal Estimates

by David Gorn

The Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services this week heard a number of questions raised about the state’s estimate of mandatory expansion Medi-Cal enrollees.

The questions arose during a Department of Health Care Services presentation Monday on the cost of newly enrolling people into Medi-Cal who would have been eligible for it before this year. Federal dollars pay 100% for two years of the newly enrolled under optional Medi-Cal expansion, but the state needs to kick in half of the cost for those who were previously eligible.

New beneficiaries who would have qualified before the Affordable Care Act expansion are considered “mandatory expansion” enrollees.

DHCS officials estimated the state’s cost for mandatory expansion beneficiaries over the next two years will be about $600 million based on officials’ estimates of caseload. Caseload estimates also came under question, but the main opposition from the Legislative Analyst’s Office came on a different front.

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