Medi-Cal and Women's Health
The mission of the Department of Health Care Services is to preserve and improve the health status of all Californians. Availability and access to health care services affects the health and well-being of all persons, and women are especially impacted because of their unique need for gender-based medical services.
Women enter into the Medi-Cal program by a variety of avenues other than the traditional Medi-Cal eligibility process. Some of these programs grant limited time and scope Medi-Cal services, while others allow women to receive full-scope Medi-Cal coverage after meeting the screening criteria.
Minor Consent Services allow persons under the age of 21 to receive limited Medi-Cal services without parental consent. These services are related to sexual assault, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, family planning, sexually transmitted diseases, drug and alcohol abuse, and outpatient mental health treatment and counseling.
Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women program allows qualified providers to provide low-income, pregnant patients with immediate, limited scope Medi-Cal coverage. This temporary coverage allows these women to access care for ambulatory prenatal services pending a formal Medi-Cal eligibility determination.
Family PACT expands access to family planning services for all California residents with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level with no other source of family planning health care coverage. Benefit specific services related to family planning and related reproductive health conditions are covered for both men and women.
Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program (BCCTP) provides cancer treatment coverage for individuals diagnosed with breast and/or cervical cancer, who require treatment and meet certain screening criteria. Enrollment is limited to individuals with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level, but they can have other health coverage if their premiums, co-payments and deductibles are expected to exceed $750 annually. Based on screening criteria, individuals may be eligible to the full scope of Medi-Cal services; others are limited to a limited scope of Medi-Cal benefits such as emergency services.
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