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Posted on: March 18, 2020

State of California Executive Order Extending Eligibilty Period for Safety Net Services

Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net

Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak


Issued: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Taking action to ensure that California’s most vulnerable residents can continue to receive health care, food assistance and in-home supportive services in a timely manner during the COVID-19 outbreak, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order today to extend the eligibility period for important 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 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.

The executive order also waives certain provisions of the Bagley-Keene Act.

The Governor’s full executive order can be found  here.

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