Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. If you are found eligible, you can receive Medi-Cal as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.

You may qualify for Medi-Ca If you receive:

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or State Supplementary Payment (SSP)

CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Previously called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).

Refugee Assistance

Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Program.

Even if you do not receive cash assistance, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal if you are one of the following:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Blind
  • Disabled
  • Under 21
  • Pregnant
  • Have been diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer
  • In a skilled nursing or intermediate care facility.
  • Have refugee status. Adult refugees may or may not be eligible depending upon how long they have been in the U.S.
  • A parent or caretaker relative of a child under 21 and
    • The child’s parent is deceased or does not live with the child, or
    • The child’s parent is incapacitated, or
    • The child’s parent who is the primary wage earner is unemployed or underemployed.

Please note that you must be a resident of California to receive Medi-Cal benefits. A California resident is someone who lives in California and plans to stay in California, or someone who is working or looking for work in California.

Medi-Cal sends money to you and directly to your health care providers. Depending on your state’s rules, you may also be asked to pay a small part of the cost (share of cost) for some medical services. ┬áMedi-Cal is a program for state of California.

Medi-Cal coverage may start retroactive to three months prior to application, if the individual would have been eligible during the retroactive period. Coverage stops at the end of the month the individual is no longer qualified. Please note that Medi-Cal does not provide medical assistance for all poor persons, unless they meet all eligibility requirements. Low income is only one of the requirements for Medi-Cal eligibility.

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