AB 191 seeks to improve alignment between CalFresh and Medi-Cal in order to ensure that low-income households with a Medi-Cal recipient also receive CalFresh nutrition benefits.
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Reduced food insecurity and improved access to nutritious foods are fundamental goals of CalFresh. These objectives are also strongly linked to supporting the overall health and well-being of CalFresh participants. In an effort to further the connection between nutrition and health, the link between CalFresh and other health benefits should be strengthened. Moreover, through the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, millions of low-income Californians will soon be newly eligible for Medi-Cal. There is no better time to connect low-income Californians with a comprehensive package of benefits, including CalFresh, that will truly support overall good health.
6.23.2014 Beginning July 1, 2014 the gross income test for the TANF-funded service that confers modified categorical eligibility will be raised to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). Practically speaking, this change will raise the CalFresh gross income test Read more here…
1.13.2014 As of January 1, 2014 counties across California began implementation of AB 191 (Bocanegra) Strengthening the Connection between CalFresh and Medi-Cal. The Department of Social Services (CDSS) has released an All County Letter Read more here…
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 Read more here…
9.16.2013 AB 191 (Bocanegra) and AB 290 (Alejo) have made it through the Legislature and are now on the Governor’s desk. Governor Brown has until Sunday, October 13 to sign or veto Read more here…
A CFPA prepared document urging an “aye” vote in the Senate. PDF
A CFPA prepared document outlining FAQs about AB 191. PDF
Bill text as introduced. PDF
CFPA prepared fact sheet PDF
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