Young adults in Fresno, Kings and Madera counties who are not eligible for Medi-Cal and cannot afford private insurance can enroll in a new Kaiser Permanente health program. (An earlier version of the story reported that Tulare County young adults could also enroll in the program.)
The new Community Health Care Program provides coverage to young adults, ages 19 to 25, with household incomes of up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (up to $36,180 for a single person or up to $73,800 for a family of four).
Young adults in the program will not have a monthly premium and will have access to Kaiser’s health care system or providers.
U.S. citizenship is not necessary for eligibility.
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The program is an expansion of one that previously covered only children but has grown to cover young adults as well, Kaiser said. It provides health coverage for children and young adults who have no other access to health insurance, including low-income people who are undocumented and lost access to Medi-Cal when they turned 19. It also provides coverage to children and young adults who are documented but who have an affordability exemption under the Affordable Care Act because of the amount of family income that would have to be spent on coverage.
Kaiser is working with local community organizations and nonprofits to identify residents who may be eligible. Enrollment in the Community Health Care Program runs from Nov. 1, 2017 to Jan. 31, 2018.
Kaiser hopes to enroll up to 1,000 people by Dec. 31, 2019.