​​​​COVID-19 Information for​ Beneficiaries & Members

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​How to Apply for Medi-Cal​

​Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for low-income California residents. Most people with Medi-Cal pay no premium or co-payments. Medi-Cal and Covered 
California uses the same streamlined application.​ ​Learn More.​

CO​VID-19 Care for the Uninsured and Medi-Cal Beneficiaries​​​

 The State of California has taken steps to ensure that people who have no insurance can qualify for Medi-Cal coverage for COVID-19 testing and treatment at no cost. People who have private insurance that does not cover COVID-19 testing and treatment also qualify. Medi-Cal beneficiaries also are eligible for no-cost COVID-19 testing and treatment, even if they usually are responsible for a share of cost payment​

 If you are uninsured or have Medi-Cal but no regular doctor, m​edical advice about COVID-19 is available through the Medi-Nurse advice line at 1-877-409-9052.

Beneficiaries: Important Information About Medi-Cal and COVID-19​

You can still use Medi-Cal health care service, even with rules in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Please see the Beneficiary Outreach Letter​ webpage for more information. ​

Resources for Emotional Support and Well-Being​​​

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is changing life for all of us. You may feel anxious, stressed, worried, sad, bored, depressed, lonely or frustrated in these circumstances.
You’re not alone.​ Learn about strategies for managing stress.​
  • The California Peer-Run Warm Line: (855) 845-7415 and the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline​: (900) 885-5990 are available 24/7 for anyone feeling stress due to the emergency.​

DHCS COVID-19 Response​​

The resources below detail steps that DHCS is taking to ensure Medi-Cal beneficiaries have access to medically necessary services during the COVID-19 emergency. ​

Last modified date: 4/21/2022 9:00 AM