Medi-Cal Asset Test Eliminated in the California 2021-2022 Budget

As part of California’s new state budget, the asset test will be eliminated for 2 million aged and disabled Californians who are enrolled in Medi-Cal and Medicare. Instead, financial eligibility for these programs will be based only on income like it is for other Medi-Cal programs. The elimination of the asset test will be extremely helpful for aging and impaired Californians who require long-term care but find themselves caught in the middle of having too many assets to qualify for benefits but not enough to cover the high costs of long-term care.


The 2021-2022 state budget includes multiple provisions designed to make it easier for California residents to qualify and remain eligible for Medi-Cal. Everyone age 50 and over will be eligible as well as new mothers for one year after giving birth (up from 60 days).


These updates are expected to boost Medi-Cal enrollment, including about 610,000 individuals who qualify but are not currently enrolled. State officials estimate enrollment will increase from 13.6 million to 14.5 million Californians during this fiscal year.


For more information about California’s 2021-2022 budget and the Master Plan for Aging, take a look at this summary from Justice in Aging.


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