California Medicaid Benefits
Program DescriptionMedi-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. Medi-Cal is supported by Federal and state taxes. Medi-Cal is a large program made up of many separate programs designed to assist Californians in various family and medical situations.
The California Healthy Families program has transitioned to the Medi-Cal Program as of January 1, 2013.
General Program RequirementsIn order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of California, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be either pregnant, blind, have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, be responsible for children under 19 years of age, or be 65 years of age or older.
Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.
Application ProcessTo apply online, please visit the Covered California online application portal.
For additional application information, visit the Apply for Medi-Cal page. You will be able to download an application form directly from the site.
You may also find out if you qualify through the Marketplace application.
Program Contact Information
Call or visit your local county social services office and ask for a Medi-Cal application: http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/default.aspx
You may also phone the California Department of Health Services to obtain information Medi-Cal: 916-445-4171
TTY users can call: 916-445-0553