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Crossroads from MHLA to Medi-Cal

Crossroads from MHLA to Medi-Cal

By: Tom Lau, MHLA

Crossroads from MHLA to Medi-Cal

Crossroads from MHLA to Medi-Cal 1024 683 My Health LA

Many Community Partners have the dual role of providing Certified Enrollment Counselor services for both MHLA and Covered California. This convenience makes Community Partners a vital hub for Restricted Medi-Cal enrollment for MHLA members. Participants can also apply online at, in person at a local county human services agency, or calling Covered California at (800) 300-1506.

Restricted Medi-Cal enrollment is encouraged to ensure that emergency services are covered. In addition, this will ensure a smooth transition to Full-Scope Medi-Cal when MHLA members turn age 50 as well as preparation for the upcoming Medi-Cal expansion in January 2024.

Once transitioned into Full-Scope Medi-Cal, participants have the option of choosing a health plan and provider. If they wish to remain at the same Community Partner (CP) medical home, they should select that medical home and the health plan that it falls under. This will ensure they receive continued medical care at the same facility.

Confusion over the public charge rule can prevent many MHLA participants from enrolling in Medi-Cal.  On December 23, 2022, the Biden Administration implemented rules which further clarifies and formalizes existing public charge rules. The California Health & Human Services Agency posted a If participants have questions on how these rules affect them, they should seek qualified legal advice since each circumstance is different. Some resources can be found on the L.A. County Health Services website.