Support for SB 1147 – Medi-Cal Coverage for Juveniles

April 4, 2008

The Youth Law Center is sponsoring S.B. 1147, which would require the Department of Health Care Services to adopt protocols and policies to ensure that Medi-Cal eligible youth are not terminated from coverage, solely on the basis that they are inmates of a public institution.  The practical effect of this would be to ensure that eligible young people leaving detention facilities do not have to reapply for Medi-Cal — a time-consuming, onerous process that leaves many without needed prescriptions, mental health services and medical treatment.