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Eligibility Requirement for California Government Health Insurance Programs

Written By: Jason Shafrin - Jan• 19•10

The California HealthCare Foundation has an almanac entry on Children’s Health Coverage Facts and Figures.  Eligibility requirements for these programs is described in this table.  Other key findings include:

  • The proportion of children without health insurance continued to decline through 2007, though the pace of improvement has slowed.
  • Nearly 80 percent of California’s uninsured children are eligible for coverage under either Medi-Cal, Healthy families, or Healthy Kids.
  • Medi-Cal and Healthy families are key sources of coverage for children in low-income households that together have closed the coverage gap among families with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • Healthy Kids programs are also important for children’s coverage. twenty-four counties operate Healthy Kids programs and four others rely on California Kids.
  • Children are less likely to have employment-based coverage than adults and are more likely to be enrolled in public programs in California.

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