Applying for Medi-Cal health insurance

Applying for Medi-Cal health insurance

Ukrainians who are in the US and have a Humanitarian Password or Temporary Protected Status can apply for MediCal health insurance if they meet certain requirements.

What is Medi-Cal?

Medi-Cal is a variant of the Federal Medicaid Program, which is used in the state of California. Medi-Cal offers free and affordable health insurance to eligible California residents. The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) oversees the Medi-Cal program. Your local county office manages most MediCal cases on behalf of DHCS. To find your county office phone number, select the county you need at https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/CountyOffices.aspx .

Local county offices consider different factors to determine what type of Medi-Cal benefits you can get. These factors include:

  • Your profit;
  • Your age;
  • the age of the children specified in your application;
  • information about your state of health, pregnancy, blindness or disability;
  • are you covered by Medicare.

Most people who apply for Medi-Cal can find out if their income meets the program's criteria. Certain types of Medi-Cal coverage may require information about the applicant's assets and property.

For more information, visit https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/myMedi-Cal.aspx .

To be eligible for Medi-Cal, you must live in the state of California and meet certain criteria. To participate in the program, you must provide information about your income and tax status for each of your family members listed on your tax return. You may also need to provide information about your property. You do not need to file a tax return to qualify for Medi-Cal. If you have questions about your tax return, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) or a tax professional.

All Medi-Cal applicants must provide their Social Security Number (SSN), if available. You must also provide information about your immigration status.

Adults age 19 or older can qualify for limited health coverage under Medi-Cal even if they don't have a Social Security Number (SSN) or if they can't prove their immigration status. Such insurance coverage includes the costs of emergency medical care, pregnancy-related medical services, and long-term care.

You can apply for your child's Medi-Cal program even if you can't get full coverage. In California, immigration status does not affect Medi-Cal coverage for children under 19. Children can qualify for full Medi-Cal coverage regardless of immigration status.


Family members can qualify for both Medi-Cal and Covered California. This is because the Medi-Cal eligibility rules for children and adults are different. For example, coverage for a family consisting of two parents and one child might look like this: the parents are eligible to enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan and receive tax credits to reduce their costs, and the child is eligible for free or affordable health insurance under the Medi-Cal program.

For more information, visit https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/Pages/myMedi-Cal.aspx.

You can apply for Medi-Cal at any time by mail, phone, fax, or email. You can also fill out an online form online or make an appointment in person. As part of the Covered California program, you can apply for health insurance on the corresponding days. To find out when you can apply, go to www.coveredca.com or call 1-800-300-1506 (TTY 1-888-889-4500).

You can apply for Medi-Cal and Covered California with the Single Streamlined Application. You can find the application form in English and other languages at: http://dhcs.ca.gov/mymedi-cal.

Send the completed application form to your local district office. The address for your local county office is on the website: http://dhcs.ca.gov/mymedi-cal. You may also mail an application to Covered California PO Box 989725 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9725.

Apply online: www.benefitscal.com or www.coveredca.com.

Applying in person: You can make an appointment at your local county office at http://dhcs.ca.gov/mymedi-cal. They can help you apply. Information about a Covered California Certified Enrollment Counselor or Insurance Agent can be found at www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local/.

Once you're approved for the program, you can start using your Medi-Cal benefits right away. New beneficiaries approved for Medi-Cal benefits will receive a Benefits Identification Card (BIC) from Medi-Cal. Your doctors and dentists will need your BIC to provide services to you and bill Medi-Cal.

New beneficiaries and those ordering a replacement card will receive a new format BIC with a logo featuring a California poppy. Both BIC formats shown are valid.

Please contact your local district office if:

  • You have not received a BIC;
  • You have lost your BIC;
  • Your BIC contains incorrect information
  • Your BIC has been stolen Once you have been sent a new BIC, you will not be able to use your old BIC.

You can find the phone number for your local county office on the website: http://dhcs.ca.gov/mymedi-cal or by calling: 1-800-541-5555 (TTY 1-800-430-7077).


All individuals applying for Medi-Cal must provide their Social Security Number (SSN), if available. Also, a person applying for Medi-Cal must provide information about their immigration status. The immigration status reported on the Medi-Cal application is confidential information. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services cannot use this information to monitor immigration compliance unless you have committed fraudulent activity.

Adults age 19 or older can qualify for limited health coverage under Medi-Cal even if they don't have a Social Security Number (SSN) or if they can't prove their immigration status. Such insurance coverage includes the costs of emergency medical care, pregnancy-related medical services, and long-term care.

You can apply for your child's Medi-Cal program even if you can't get full coverage. In California, immigration status does not affect Medi-Cal coverage for children under 19. Children can qualify for full Medi-Cal coverage regardless of immigration status.


It may take up to 45 days for your Medi-Cal application to be processed. If you are applying for Medi-Cal based on a disability, it may take up to 90 days to be processed. Your local county office or Covered California office will send you a letter stating your eligibility for the program. Such a letter is called a "Notice of Action."

If you do not receive a letter within 45 or 90 days, you can request a State Fair Hearing.


Most areas have at least one health facility that provides services for a small fee. Such institutions are usually called municipal medical centers or clinics that offer a differentiated payment scale - Sliding Fee Discount Program.

To find this facility near where you live, type “Sliding Fee Discount Program Clinic near me” into Google or contact an organization that works with immigrants to find out if there is a medical facility near you that provides services under this program .

In Sacramento, this program is offered by Elica network clinics https://www.elicahealth.org/our-locations/ . Informational assistance for patients of Elica Health Centers - Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).

Address: 5735 Watt Avenue, North Highlands, CA 95660.

Phone: 916-903-8007 and 916-827-5189.

Elica Resource Center's Sacramento Resident Help Center - https://www.facebook.com/ElicaResourceCenter .


The US Department of Health and Human Services funds health facilities in many communities across the country to provide basic health care to immigrants. If you need a doctor in your area, go to: http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov .

Most Medi-Cal enrollees see doctors through a Medi-Cal Managed Care plan. These plans are similar to health insurance plans for individuals who have a private insurance policy. More information about managed care plans: https://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Pages/Medi-CalManagedCare.aspx .

It may take several weeks to assign you a Medi-Cal Managed Care plan. If you are enrolling in Medi-Cal for the first time, or if you have special circumstances, you may need to see a Medi-Cal fee-for-service doctor.


You must report any household changes within 10 days to your local county office. You can notify us of changes in person, over the Internet, by phone, by email, or by fax. The changes may affect your eligibility for Medi-Cal.

You must report if:

  • You are married or divorced;
  • You have changed your name, date of birth, or SSN;
  • You have changed citizenship or immigration status;
  • You had a child, you adopted or gave the child up for adoption;
  • your income level has changed or there have been changes in the list of your property (if applicable);
  • You have other health insurance, including coverage from your workplace or through a program such as Medicare;
  • You have moved or you have changes in those who live with you;
  • your disability status has changed;
  • your tax status has changed, including dependents specified in the tax return;
  • You were taken into custody (imprisoned, etc.) or released from custody;
  • Your American Indian or Alaska Native status or ethnic status has changed;
  • any other changes that may affect your income level or household size have occurred.

To keep your health insurance under Medi-Cal, you must renew it at least once a year. If your local county office cannot renew your Medi-Cal coverage through electronic sources, they must mail you a renewal form. You will need to provide new or changed information. If you do not provide the required information by the deadline, your Medi-Cal health insurance coverage will expire. Your local county office will mail you a Notice of Action. You have 90 days to provide your local county office with all missing information without having to reapply.

You can also change your insurance plan, all information will be provided to you in the booklet that will be sent to you after confirming your participation in the program.


If you move to another county in the state of California, you can request a transfer of your Medi-Cal case to the new county. This procedure is called Inter-County Transfer (ICT). You must report your change of address to any county office within 10 days of moving. You can notify us of your change of address online, in person, by phone, email, or fax. Your coverage under the managed care plan in the previous county will expire on the last day of the month. You will need to enroll in a managed care plan in the new county.

If you temporarily move out of the county, your Medi-Cal coverage does not transfer. This includes when a child starts college or when you have to travel to care for sick relatives. Contact your local county office to report a family member's temporary change of address to an address in a new county. The local county office must update the address so that the family member can be enrolled in the health insurance plan in the new county.


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