A: Sadly, I’m about to disappoint Beth from Modesto and others in her situation.
Medi-Cal is the state’s publicly funded health program for low-income and disabled residents, and currently provides care to more than 8 million Californians. (It is the state’s version of the federal Medicaid program.)
But whether you’re eligible for Medi-Cal now or become eligible then, that fact alone disqualifies you from tax subsidies on the health insurance marketplace, which is called Covered California.
Theoretically, Beth, you could reject Medi-Cal and buy insurance on the marketplace, but you’d have to pay full price.
“Anyone who is eligible for Medi-Cal but chooses this option would likely incur significant premiums and cost sharing,” says Norman Williams, spokesman for the state Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal.
Article Source: http://blogs.kqed.org/stateofhealth/2013/07/17/medi-cal-and-obamacare-some-surprising-twists/
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