10.10.2013 AB 191 (Bocanegra) was signed by the Governor on Wednesday, October 9. AB 191 will improve alignment between CalFresh and Medi-Cal and help ensure that low-income households with a Medi-Cal recipient also receive CalFresh nutrition benefits. Together, CalFresh nutrition and Medi-Cal health benefits support the overall health and well-being of Californians.
As signed AB 191 willâ€¦
- AB 191 will streamline CalFresh eligibility for Medi-Cal recipients and their families. AB 191 will make low-income households with a Medi-Cal recipient (with gross income up to 200% FPL) categorically eligible for CalFresh, thereby removing a CalFresh income barrier. While the net income test would still apply, the gross income test would be raised from the current limit of 130% FPL to 200% FPL for categorically eligible households with a Medi-Cal recipient.
- AB 191 will improve alignment between CalFresh and Medi-Cal. Improved alignment has the potential to increase CalFresh participation, boost administrative efficiency, and increase the likelihood that low-income households have access to a package of benefits that support their overall health and well-being.
What does this mean for California?
- AB 191 will increase CalFresh participation among Medi-Cal recipients and their families.
- AB 191 is fiscally responsible and will draw down federal benefits into state and local economies.
- AB 191 emphasizes the role that nutrition plays in supporting overall health and well-being.
AB 191 implementation begins January 1, 2014. In the meantime, CFPA will work with key stakeholders and the Department of Social Services to ensure that implementation is timely, successful and as smooth as a transition as possible for administrators and recipients.
Stay tuned for more information from CFPA as we outline next steps and upcoming opportunities to engage.
Questions about AB 191? Contact Alexis FernÃ¡ndez at 510.433.1122 ext. 111