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Apply for Medi-Cal

Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Most applicants who apply through Covered California and enroll in Medi-Cal will receive care through managed health plans.

General Information: 916-552-9200

Locations Near You

Frequently Asked Questions

For many individuals who enroll in Medi-Cal, there is no premium, no co-payment, and no out of pocket cost. Some households will see affordable costs, such as a low monthly premium. For some Medi-Cal children, the monthly premiums are $13 per child up to a family maximum of $39 per month. In general, individuals in Medi-Cal will get the same health benefits available through Covered California at a lower cost.

Medi-Cal managed care offers a selection of 21 health plans. Your health plan options will vary depending upon the county in which you live. Most counties offer commercial plans, which also operate in Covered California including Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser, Health Net, and Molina. Other plans are public plans administered by the community. Every county's Medi-Cal plans provide the same high quality care at the same low or no cost to Californians, no matter where you live. The directory of health plans available through Medi-Cal managed care is available online at: Medi-Cal Managed Care: Health Plan Directory.

More than 400 hospitals and approximately 130,000 doctors, pharmacists, dentists, and other health care providers participate in the Medi-Cal program to provide medically necessary services to members. Most Medi-Cal members who participated in the CHCF study said it is easy to find a primary care physician nearby. You can search for a managed care provider on the Department of Health Care Services website at Health Care Options.

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Result thumbnail image Ways to Apply for Medi-Cal

Nov 1, 2016 ... Below you will find ways to apply for Medi-Cal health coverage. Your choices to apply are By Mail, In Person, or Online. For more information ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/ApplyforMedi-Cal.aspx

County Offices

County Offices to Apply for Health Coverage, Medi-Cal, and Other Benefits. County Listings below are arranged in alphabetical order by county name and ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/CountyOffices.aspx

Medi-Cal and Covered California Frequently Asked Questions

Apr 1, 2016 ... Can I decline Medi-Cal and enroll in a Covered California health plan and receive the ... What will happen after I apply for health coverage? http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Pages/Medi-Cal_CovCA_FAQ.aspx

U.S. Citizens and Nationals Applying for Medi-Cal Must Show Proof of

A new law says most U.S. citizens or nationals applying to Medi-Cal must show proof of citizenship and proof of identity. Read below to see if this law applies to ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/forms/Forms/DHCS%200001.pdf

Steps to Medi-Cal - How to Apply

Feb 23, 2017 ... Apply for Medi-Cal with a Single Streamlined Application , provided in English and other languages. Send completed and signed applications ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/individuals/Pages/How.aspx

Result thumbnail image Apply for Medi-Cal

Feb 23, 2017 ... Apply for Medi-Cal or Other Affordable, Quality Health Coverage. As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that began in 2014, Medi-Cal has ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Pages/MC_Eligibility_Ben.aspx

Medi-Cal FAQs 2014

Jun 8, 2016 ... When you complete a Covered California application, your eligibility for Medi-Cal will automatically be determined. You can apply for Medi-Cal ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Pages/Medi-CalFAQs2014a.aspx

Result thumbnail image Single Streamlined Application

Jan 12, 2015 ... Go to Covered California to complete an online application for Medi-Cal or low cost health insurance. Or you can print and fill out the Single ... http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/eligibility/Pages/SingleStreamApps.aspx