That means you can qualify even if your income puts you above the poverty level. A single person with no dependents qualifies with income not exceeding $16,105. For a two-person family, the income limit is $21,708. California and many other states have changed eligibility requirements as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.
You may also qualify for Medi-Cal even if you were denied in the past. Reapply if you’ve been released from prison or jail, if you’ve become disabled, if you’re the under-employed parent of a minor child, or if you’re blind, pregnant, or over age 65.
California Health Report journalist Dave Kempa wrote recently about Kurt W., a man with 12 years of success on methadone maintenance under his belt. Like many people a few years back, he lost his job, and then his home and his wife. Without health insurance, he could no longer afford his methadone medication, and he was feetoxed—that’s the term used when your methadone must be decreased quickly, so that you can leave the program with minimal chances of withdrawal.
However, abruptly stopping methadone maintenance rarely works out well. Kurt could no longer maintain his sobriety, and he began buying heroin cheaply on the streets. Whenever he had the money, he bought methadone; if he didn’t, he bought heroin.
This year, he is among almost 8,000 Californians seeking treatment for heroin addiction under the Medi-Cal expansion that now pays for their medication. Covered heroin treatment in Sacramento County also includes the all-important counseling services that go along with the medication so that a person can restore good relationships with his family and friends, and so that he can understand his own reasons for using drugs.
A Final Word About Addiction Treatment Programs
Remember that Medi-Cal, like anything run by the government, depends upon paperwork. If you don’t provide your local office with proof of income, birth certificate, and other documents as requested, you cannot find out if you might be eligible for assistance with methadone for heroin addiction treatment.