Medi-Cal is a public heath insurance program which provides needed health care services for the low-income individuals including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low income people in California (CA.gov/dhcs 2015).
The total number of people who signed up for medical from 2013 to 2016 was 11,990,045, and the estimated number of eligible people for coverage is 2,875,000.00. (CMS, 2016). The uninsured rate in the state of California has decreased to 45% with medi-cal usage.
As a health care professional who provide services to low income families, both children and seniors, depriving them from this entitlement is not only callous, but a danger to the society.
Individuals with aids and mental health rely on medi-cal for the sustenance of their medications, and rehabilitation. It is not even comprehensible to envision what the effect of lack of medical services for children and the increase in mortality rate for infant/children’s communicable diseases.
The United States has witnessed random shootings by individuals with some type of mental health or the other. Some reports indicated that since 1970, 60% of mass killings perpetrators suffered from some sort of mental health (Am J Public Heath, 2015). Can you imagine when these perpetrators could never have access to their medications?
Medi-Cal is an important entitlement for the citizens of the United States and should not be messed with by this administration or future ones.