The Affordable Care Act (ACA) took full effect in numerous ways in January 2014. For CenCal Health, by far the biggest impact of the ACA is the expansion of Medi-Cal eligibility up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Since January 2014, CenCal Health has added over 34,000 new members in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties to its Medi-Cal plan. Over the course of nine months (January through September 2014), CenCal Health enrollment numbers have soared, reaching membership numbers that were projected to take 18 months to reach.
CenCal Health currently covers nearly 145,000 members, with approximately 97,000 members in Santa Barbara County and nearly 48,000 members in San Luis Obispo County (figures reported September 30, 2014). Almost 20 percent of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties’ population is covered by CenCal Health; statewide, 30 percent of the population is covered by Medi-Cal.
Below is a news release with more information. If you have any questions, please call me at (805) 687-3322.