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MEDI CAL, CALFresh, IHSS & OTHER SAFETY NET SERVICES TO STAY IN PLACE PER CALIF. GOV NEWSOM

Updated: Mar 20



With Covid-19 bringing daily activities to a grinding halt and with many Bay Area counties, now announcing “Shelter In Place“ orders, several vulnerable Californians (low income, seniors, individuals with disabilities) were at risk of losing their safety-net of services. However, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order today (March 18) to extend the eligibility period for important safety net services, that his office says are steps to ensure that California’s most vulnerable residents - including people with disabilities, developmental disabilities, older Californians and low-income families and individuals - can continue to receive health care, food assistance and In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak.


SAFETY NET SERVICES

    “These social safety net programs are so important for families — especially during this crisis,” said Governor Newsom. “We don’t want Californians who rely on these services to lose them.”

The Governor's executive order waives eligibility re-determinations for 90 days for Californians who participate in:

    Medi-Cal health coverage     CalFresh food assistance     CalWORKS     Cash Assistance for Immigrants; and     In-Home Supportive Services     The change will allow current recipients of these safety net programs to continue receiving them without interruption.


BAGLEY KEENE & BROWN ACT waiver

The executive order also waives certain provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act and the Brown Act covering meetings and hearings of state and local bodies, allowing those entities to conduct public meetings - and to receive public comments - in other ways, including electronically, while maintaining accessibility and protections for the public, including people with disabilities, mental health needs, and older Californians protected under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).






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