Beginning on January 1, 2020, several noteworthy regulatory changes went into effect. The first is the restoration of the following Medi-Cal benefits for adults:
- Chiropractic services
- Podiatry services
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Vision services: Routine eye exam and eyeglasses once every 24 months
- Incontinence creams and washes
The second is the expansion of the Medi-Cal program to cover undocumented adults between 19 and 25 years of age. This means young adults can now access affordable health coverage regardless of their immigration status – a huge win towards health equity in California. Although there is still a lot of fear and confusion surrounding federal immigration policies, DHCS predict as many as 90,000 young adults enrolling in the program statewide this year.