aIn the year drawing to a close, 2022 will be best remembered for the cost-of-living crisis that engulfed many economies around the world, including that of the United States. United States of America.
The United States, in particular, was affected by this phenomenon as inflation reached a 40-year high. As the United States recovers from two years of forced shutdown, the road to normal is marred by supply chain shortages and increased gas prices, in the wake of sanctions imposed on Russia after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
These two factors combined mean that residents across the country are now having to pay more for everything from rent to food to various other utilities.
The increasing cost of living also means that residents, especially those from lower-income families, are starting to rely more on welfare plans like SNAP and Medicaid.
California has been particularly affected by inflation, with the state averaging about $6.50 in June. Due to the high cost of living, it is only natural that residents demand the aforementioned welfare programs with Medicaid in particular.
What is Medicaid?
Medicaid is a government-funded health program that is supported by both the state and the federal government to ensure that residents of low-income families have access to health care.
In the state of California, Medicaid is known as Medi-Cal.
Your financial situation is the primary determinant used when deciding whether you qualify for Medi-Cal.
In order to qualify, your income must be at least 138 percent below the federal poverty level, which translates to $18,754 for an individual and $38,295 for a family of four.
The following is a list of additional conditions that must be met to qualify for Medi-Cal:
- You are 19 to 64 years old and your household income is at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)
- You are 18 years of age or younger and your household income is equal to or less than 266% of your FPL
- You are pregnant and your household income is above 138% of FPL, but below 213% of FPL