COVID-19 Medi-Cal coverage of emergency services

Because of the ongoing public health emergency, COVID-19 testing and related medically necessary treatment, including services provided outside of a hospital emergency department, rae deemed to be emergency services.  All enrolled Medi-Cal beneficiaries, regardless of scope of coverage or documentation status, are entitled to all inpatient and outpatient services necessary for testing and treatment of COVID-19.  Continuation of medically necessary impatient services and follow-up care after the emergency is resolved is not authorized or reimbursed for undocumented beneficiaries enrolled only for restricted scope benefits.

There is no co-pay for emergency services, including testing, evaluation and treatment of COVID-19.  (DHCS Letter, April 8, 2020.)