Thursday, March 19, 2020

Gov. Newsom Signs Executive Order Protecting State Assistance Programs

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Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order March 18 to protect “safety net services” amid the COVID-19 outbreak by extending eligibility re-determinations for California residents receiving certain services.

Under the order, Medi-Cal health coverage, CalFresh food assistance, CalWORKS, cash assistance for immigrants and in-home supportive services eligibility is extended for 90 days, meaning that those who are in the programs will continue receiving aid without interruption.

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

 Read the full release and executive order below: 
Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Ongoing Safety Net Services for Most Vulnerable Californians During COVID-19 Outbreak

Published: Mar 18, 2020 SACRAMENTO – 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.
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