FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Legislation signed in Fresno on Tuesday made California the first in the nation to expand Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income adults over the age of 50 – regardless of their immigration status.
Governor Gavin Newsom arrived in Fresno County to “address the state’s effort to improve health care access and affordability” according to a release from the Governor’s press office. That resulted in the signing of AB 133.
“We’re investing California’s historic surplus to accomplish transformative changes we’ve long dreamed of – including this historic Medi-Cal expansion to ensure thousands of older undocumented Californians, many of whom have been serving on the front lines of the pandemic, can access critical health care services,” said Governor Newsom.
Under AB 133, approximately 235,000 Californians aged 50 years and older are newly eligible for Medi-Cal, including preventive services, long-term care, and In-Home Supportive Services.
You can watch the full announcement in the player above.