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Jul 11

AMERICA’S HEALTH INSURANCE (Part 3) - THE AMERICAN HEALTH CARE ACT 2017 (AHCA)- The Winners and Losers: Medicaid/Medi-Cal

Posted by Dina Collins on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Prior to the ACA, aka Obamacare, it was difficult in most states for those without children to get Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California. A citizen needed at least one child and income between zero and 106% of the federal poverty level. For example, in 2013, a family of two would qualify if they earned $16,440 and under; a family of three by making $20,702 and under; a family of four earning $24,963 and under, and so on.

Post ACA, the House-approved American Health Care Act 2017 (AHCA) would increase the income level to 133% of the federal poverty level in most states regardless of how many children a taxpayer claims. So far, 32 states and the District of Columbia expanded Medicaid, including California, which extended Medi-Cal’s level to 138%. This income level would increase contingent on the number of dependents. A single person making $16,643 or less in California qualifies. A family of two, based on their tax return, would qualify if they make $22,411 and under; a family of three making $28,180 and under; a family of four at $33,948 and under, etc. Read More