2017 Edition — Medi-Cal Facts and Figures
An evolving program
Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program, pays providers for essential primary, specialty, acute, and long-term care services delivered to more than 13 million Californians: children, their parents, pregnant women, seniors and persons with disabilities, and nonelderly adults with low incomes.
The program has undergone a major expansion due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Medi-Cal saw a total increase of 5.6 million enrollees between 2013 and 2017. California has also now shifted most enrollees into managed care.
The Medi-Cal Facts and Figures set of materials provides an overview of Medi-Cal, covering program eligibility and enrollment, benefits, service delivery, background on policy issues, budget, and forces that affect the program’s costs.
A 2017 quick reference guide with updated data provides a snapshot of some key Medi-Cal data points. CHCF will publish a fully updated Medi-Cal Facts and Figures report in early 2019.
The quick reference guide is available for download below. This material is part of CHCF’s California Health Care Almanac, an online clearinghouse for key data and analyses describing the state’s health care landscape. See our collection of current and past editions of Medi-Cal Facts and Figures.
Further data and analysis on this topic are available in the California Department of Health Care Services State Plan and data resources, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Kaiser Family Foundation, and the UC Berkeley Labor Center.