SB 1002 (De León)

California should strengthen alignment between Medi-Cal and CalFresh reporting periods; streamlining benefit delivery and ensuring access to both nutrition and health benefits for low-income Californians.

CFPA Primary Contact

Alexis Fernández
Director of Legislation
510.433.1122 ext.111
alexis@cfpa.net

WCLP Primary Contact

Jessica Bartholow
Legislative Advocate
916.282.5119
jbartholow@wclp.org

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Medi-Cal & CalFresh: Aligning Opportunities for Health Act of 2014

California Food Policy Advocates (CFPA) and Western Center on Law and Poverty (WCLP) seek to strengthen alignment between Medi-Cal and CalFresh reporting periods; streamlining benefit delivery and ensuring access to federally funded nutrition and health benefits for low-income Californians so that they may avert hunger and improve their overall health and well-being.

Reduced hunger and improved access to nutritious foods are fundamental goals of CalFresh, the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through which low-income Californians receive federally funded food assistance. These objectives are strongly linked to supporting the overall health and well-being of children and adults who receive CalFresh. In an effort to further the connection between nutrition and health and ensure that Californians receive federal benefits to which they are entitled, the link between CalFresh and Medi-Cal should be strengthened.

In order to strengthen alignment between reporting periods, CFPA and WCLP propose the introduction of legislation clarifying that counties may, under certain circumstances, align a household's Medi-Cal redetermination date with the household's CalFresh certification date.

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