California Policy Needs During COVID and Beyond: Access to Medi-Cal Services

Executive Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of creativity and flexibility in delivering critical care when individuals are not able to receive health care services and supplies in person. During the Public Health Emergency (PHE), California has implemented various policy changes to ensure that Medi-Cal beneficiaries are receiving the health care they need. Many of the state’s policy changes should be continued after the pandemic ends so that telehealth services can continue to improve access to health care, while others should not because they are not in the interest of Medi-Cal beneficiaries.

This brief is part of NHeLP’s California Policy Needs During COVID and Beyond series. Additional entries include:

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