This bill would expand the presumptive eligibility for pregnant women to all pregnant people, renaming the program “Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant People” (PE4PP). The bill would make a presumptively eligible pregnant person eligible for coverage of all medical care, services, prescriptions, and supplies available under the Medi-Cal program, except for inpatient services and institutional long-term care. The bill would also require the department to ensure that a pregnant person receiving coverage under PE4PP who applies for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits within 60 days receives coverage under PE4PP until their full-scope Medi-Cal application is approved or denied, as specified.
The bill would allow a pregnant individual under 26 years of age who can consent to services without parental approval to receive presumptive eligibility by a qualified hospital. The bill would also make conforming changes. Because counties are required to make eligibility determinations, and this bill would expand Medicaid eligibility, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.