SHASTA COUNTY – Uninsured Shasta County residents now have more options for health care thanks to a federal waiver allowing California to bring the benefits of healthcare reform to rural communities early. Path2Health – a new Low Income Health Program – expands Shasta County’s CMSP health coverage by raising income thresholds, eliminating the asset test and covering additional benefits including mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
“Path2Health is designed to be cost neutral to the county while building a foundation for health care reform in 2014,” said Marta McKenzie, Director of the Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency. “With the additional federal funding, many of our neediest residents will have access to health care and our local health care providers will have a new source of payment.”
As of January 1, 2012, Path2Health will provide health coverage to some existing County Medical Services Program (CMSP) clients and extend no share of cost coverage to those with incomes between 68% – 100% of Federal Poverty Level (FPL), or about $10,890 for a single person annually. It will also cover eligible clients who are between 19 – 64 years of age, extended from 21 years of age. Expanded benefits include mental health and substance abuse counseling visits.
The County Medical Services Program (CMSP) provides health coverage for uninsured, low-income adults who do not qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicaid and have an income at or below 200% of FPL, or about $21,600 for a single person annually. In December 2011, just over 5,000 Shasta County residents received CMSP benefits.
-from press release