State Freezes Enrollment in Healthy Families Program

Yesterday, the Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board (MRMIB) voted to freeze enrollment, effective July 17, 2009, in the Healthy Families Program in order to address a projected $90 million General Fund shortfall in 2009-10. MRMIB estimates that more than 320,000 children will be prevented from enrolling in Healthy Families through June 2010 due to this action.

However, freezing enrollment is not sufficient to achieve $90 million in savings. So MRMIB may also need to drop children from Healthy Families at the time of their annual eligibility review. Children could be removed from the program as soon as February 2010, which would cause nearly 290,000 children to lose their Healthy Families coverage through June 2010.

To sum up: More than 600,000 California children could either lose their Healthy Families coverage or be prevented from enrolling in the program during 2009-10 unless MRMIB finds $90 million to keep the Healthy Families Program whole.

— Scott Graves and Raul Macias

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4 thoughts on “State Freezes Enrollment in Healthy Families Program

  1. This is scary! I have two children who are currently enrolled in Healthy Families and I don’t know how I would be able to cover them otherwise. I am a full time teacher but cannot afford to put my children on my health coverage, as the additional cost would make it impossible to meet my other bills, including childcare and rent. I cannot even imagine how other parents are feeling right now, who are in a worse place than I am. I cannot believe that this is the level we are sinking to – depriving kids of health care! what is wrong with this world that we cannot even promise to keep our kdis safe and healthy? I am so appreciative of Healthy Families – I don’t know what i would do without this program. I know that I am not alone.

    1. I agree completely. This program is not just for those without jobs, but is crucial for those of us who work fulltime and are barely making ends meet. I don’t care what other areas I have to sacrafice in order to make it but please do not take away health care for the children. I have to add that it is sad that our Governor would propose eliminating this program. Where are our priorities.

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