DHCS oversees comprehensive health care, including mental health and drug treatment programs, for about 13 million Californians—nearly one-third of the state's population. Our largest program is Medi-Cal, the backbone of California's health-care safety net.
Governor Gavin Newsom's plan proposes $107.4 billion in total funds for DHCS programs and services. It includes significant funding for the Medi-Cal Healthier California for All initiative (formerly known as CalAIM); funding to support quality improvements in county-operated behavioral health systems; expanded Medi-Cal coverage for adults age 65 and older, regardless of their documentation status; and funding for efforts to control costs and create incentives for better quality care.
Beginning January 1, 2020, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to young adults under the age of 26, regardless of their immigration status. All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply.
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