Medi-Cal Eligibility and Covered California
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Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medi-Cal coverage will be expanded and up to two million new people may be eligible for Medi-Cal in 2014. As a result, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has partnered with Covered California to create an online “one-stop shop” for health coverage.
For those who are currently covered by Medi-Cal or who are part of the newly eligible group for Medi-Cal services, the application process can be completed through Covered CA. This will streamline the process to apply for Medi-Cal or purchase other health coverage.
Apply for Medi-Cal or Other Health Coverage
If you require health coverage before January 1, 2014, use the Medi-Cal link to find out
how to complete your application for eligibility.
Get Medi-Cal Now
If you would like health coverage after January 1, 2014, go to Covered California to complete your application
for Medi-Cal eligibility or low cost health insurance.
Get Health Coverage for 2014
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Application for Health Insurance
Frequently Asked Questions
If I already have Medi-Cal benefits, do I need to reapply?
No. If you already have Medi-Cal coverage, your Medi-Cal benefits will continue until your next regularly scheduled annual redetermination date.
If I currently receive Medi-Cal benefits, will my benefits change in 2014?
No. Medi-Cal will continue to provide the same benefits under the ACA as it provides you today. At your annual redetermination, we will determine what health insurance program you and your family are best suited for.
Is Medi-Cal changing its criteria to receive benefits?
Yes. Medi-Cal eligibility is now simpler than ever. For most individuals, Medi-Cal eligibility will be based on your household size and your income. Medi-Cal will also attempt to verify your information electronically so you may be found eligible for benefits without ever having to provide paper verifications.
How does Covered California work with Medi-Cal?
Covered California will act as a “one-stop shop” for health insurance. Through Covered California, you will be able to apply for Medi-Cal benefits electronically and receive a real-time eligibility results. You will also be able to report changes online and receive real-time customer support 24 hours a day.
If you have any additional questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and how it expands health care coverage, including Medi-Cal in 2014, please review our FAQs, contact us directly: Medi-Cal Contact Us, or contact your local county office from our County Listings page.
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