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 people with disabilities, and low-income nonelderly adults.

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 late 2018. The complete 2013 report, as well as the 2009 edition, are also available.

Further data and analysis on this topic is 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.