The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently posted new monthly enrollment data for the Low-Income Health Program (LIHP) by county during August 2012. The Low-Income Health Program is a coverage initiative included in California’s §1115 Medicaid Waiver that allows counties to cover a larger portion of its MIA population. Counties receive a federal match on funds dedicated to caring for this population.
DHCS submits monthly enrollment data to CMS. The numbers are reported at point-in-time and since the count of enrollees change as individuals are determined eligible, there is continual adjustment to prior month’s enrollment data throughout the program year.
As seen below, Los Angeles County enrolled over 200,000 individuals in its LIHP (Health Way LA), while Alameda and Orange counties both enrolled 44,464 and 42,291 individuals respectively. Enrollment numbers for other counties can be seen below:
Overall, California had 487, 324 individuals enrolled in LIHPs across the state. Sacramento County plans to launch it’s LIHP on November 1st. The County originally planned to begin participating in LIHP in August but negotiations with hospitals required additional time. As enrollment continues to climb, we will remain hopeful that the demonstrated success of LIHPs will influence California’s decision to expand Medi-Cal in 2014.
For more information on LIHP, visit the DHCS website.