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"California Eyes end to Medi-Cal Premiums for Children, Vulnerable Adults"

CalMatters interviewed Dr. Nadereh Pourat, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management and associate director of FSPH’s UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, about reducing Medi-Cal premiums to zero for children

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Medi-Cal, the state’s safety net health program, isn’t free for everyone.

More than half a million of California’s lowest-income children, pregnant individuals and working disabled adults are required to pay health insurance premiums, ranging from $13 a month to as much as $350.

That may change this year under two proposals being floated in Sacramento. Both plans aim to align with the latest trend in public health – to provide the most access to those who need it with as little burden as possible.