There are multiple payers that fund the services that hospitals provide to patients. In California, the four main types of payers are: private (ex. employer-based), Medicare, Medi-Cal (California’s state Medicaid program), or uninsured (no payer).
Medi-Cal – California’s Medicaid program – provides free or reduced-cost health coverage for low income individuals and families. Medi-Cal increases patients’ access to important healthcare services, such as doctor visits, immunizations, hospital care, and the 10 essential health benefits.
What is the California Children’s Services (CCS) Program?
The California Children’s Services (CCS) Program provides diagnosis, treatment, and medical case management to 190,000 children under the age of 21 with special health care needs who are enrolled in Medi-Cal, are low income, or have catastrophic medical care costs. The program serves the state’s most medically fragile pediatric population, including children with conditions like cancer, diabetes, and congenital heart defects.
When bacteria or viruses invade the body, the immune system releases white blood cells and antibodies to fight the infection and prevent serious illness. Once the infection is over, the body is left with “memory cells,” which remember how to destroy the germ if the body were to become exposed to it again in the future.