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Department of Health Care Services

DHCS oversees comprehensive health care, including mental health and drug treatment programs, for about 13 million Californians—nearly one-third of the state's population. Our largest program is Medi-Cal, the backbone of California's health-care safety net.

Department of Health Care Services

Governor's 2020-21 Budget Proposal

Governor Gavin Newsom's plan proposes $107.4 billion in total funds for DHCS programs and services. It includes significant funding for California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM); funding to support quality improvements in county-operated behavioral health systems; expanded Medi-Cal coverage for adults age 65 and older, regardless of their documentation status; and funding for efforts to control costs and create incentives for better quality care.

Governor's 2020-21 Budget Proposal

Young Adult Expansion

Beginning January 1, 2020, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to young adults under the age of 26, regardless of their immigration status. All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply.

Learn more about Medi-Cal young adult expansion


How Do I...

  • Get help using Medi-Cal? (Necesitas ayuda para
    usar Medi-Cal?)
    Call the Medi-Cal Helpline:
    1-800-541-5555, or
    (916) 636-1980


"myMedi-Cal: How To Get the Health Care You Need" tells you how to apply for Medi-Cal to get no-cost or low-cost health insurance, and what you must do to be eligible for the program.
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