Rep. Eshoo is long-time champion of Medicaid, called Medi-Cal in California, one of our nation’s most important health insurance programs for low-income and disabled Americans.
It covers hospital, physician, clinic, nursing home, prescription drug, and other basic and long-term health care services. Medicaid is financed and operated jointly by the states and the federal government.
She was proud to support provisions in the Affordable Care Act which expand access to the Medicaid program. Click here to find out if you qualify for Medi-Cal.
Rep. Eshoo supports innovative payment models under Medicaid to ensure that public dollars are spent with a high-quality, patient-focus in mind. A co-author of the ACE (Advancing Care for Exceptional) Kids Act, the legislation removes existing barriers in the Medicaid system to allow families to cross state lines so that their children with medically complex conditions can receive the specialty care from a children’s hospital that is best equipped to treat them. The legislation designates the children’s hospital “home” for a child, and integrates their local medical support team for routine and follow-up care.
Because children with complex medical conditions have multiple illnesses and disabilities, they often have to see six or more specialists and a dozen or more physicians, requiring care that often is not in their home state. Under the current system, parents of these children struggle to coordinate the complicated care of their children. ACE Kids allows for better coordination by the medical home while creating increased efficiencies, such as reduced hospitalizations and emergency room visits.