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Change in California State Law for Medi-Cal Benefits 

Due to a recent change in state law, the Department of Health Care Services will no longer pay for some Medi-Cal benefits for most adults ages 21 and older.  This change of law goes into effect on July 1, 2009.  

Availability of the following Medi-Cal benefits has changed for adults: dental services, acupuncture services, audiology services, speech therapy services, chiropractic services, optometric and optician services, podiatric services, psychology services, and incontinence creams and washes.  All other Medi-Cal services will remain unchanged at this time.

 The following Medi-Cal beneficiaries will continue to receive these benefits:

  • If you or a family member qualify for Medi-Cal services and are under 21 years of age, or reside in a nursing facility, your benefits and services will not change. 
  • If you are pregnant, you will continue to receive pregnancy-related services, and services for the treatment of other conditions that might complicate the pregnancy.

In May and June 2009, the Department of Health Care Services will provide additional information directly to health care providers and Medi-Cal beneficiaries and will notify many other interested parties.  Information on the Department of Health Care Services website will be updated as it comes available, and updated information will also be placed on the Medi-Cal website at

Last modified on: 4/23/2009 9:35 AM