The Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) voted today to create a waiting list effective July 17, 2009, which would mean children seeking health coverage would be denied until space opens up in the Healthy Families program.
Effective July 1, 2009, children with Medi-Cal coverage whose family income has increased–so they are no longer eligible for Medi-Cal–will not be enrolled in Healthy Families, and will go on the waiting list.
Tens of thousands of children enroll every month–a number that has climbed as a result of the economic downturn–and each of them would be forced to wait and go without coverage.
The decision is a result of an expected $90 million shortfall in state dollars–one that is in the Budget Conference Committee proposal. It was the “compromise” after not eliminating the program in its entirety. But the cut isn’t final–and in fact, the Governor and legislative Republicans are seeking additional budget cuts as we write.