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Californians With Food Stamps To Get ‘Fast Tracked’ To Health Care

Aired 12/3/13 on KPBS News.

Six-hundred-thousand uninsured Californians who receive food stamps will soon be able to ‘check a box’ and receive free health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Soon, 600,000 uninsured Californians who receive food stamps will be able to 'check a box' and receive free health care under the Affordable Care Act.

Rene Mollow of the California Department of Health Care Services said letters will be sent out in February.

"If they're ready to make a health plan selection, they can tell us what health plan that they want, and all they have to do is send it back to us and then we would take it from there," Mollow explained.

Mollow said CalFresh recipients have the streamlined enrollment option because their income is the same as the people who will qualify for expanded Medi-Cal.

Another 600,000 Californians in Low Income Health Programs will be moved into Medi-Cal on Jan. 1. That adds up to more than a million people who will be able to sign up for free coverage without filling out an application.

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