One of the most recent changes in healthcare options for people has been the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which was dubbed Obamacare after being signed into law by President Obama. This law was designed to provide options for underinsured and uninsured people.
Medi-Cal is one of the options for Californians who have no health insurance or who have insufficient health insurance. Below you will find some helpful information from the California Department of Health Care Services website regarding Medi-Cal eligibility.
California Medi-Cal Eligibility
Medi-Cal is California's version of Medicaid and it is supported by federal and state taxes. This program pays for a variety of health care services for children and adults with limited income and resources. California residents can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status. If you are eligible, you can continue to receive Medi-Cal benefits until you no longer meet the eligibility requirements.
Qualifications for Medi-Cal
To qualify for Medi-Cal, a person must show that they are currently living in California and that they intend to remain permanently, or for an indefinite period.
Applying for Medi-Cal
To apply for Medi-Cal, you should call or visit your local county social services office and request a Medi-Cal application. If you are receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplemental Program (SSP) benefits, your Social Security administration office automatically sets up Medi-Cal for you. No separate application for Medi-Cal is needed. You will receive a Medi-Cal card with information in the mail.
For more details about the Medi-Cal program, contact the California Department of Health Care Services.