Steps to Medi-Cal




Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program that provides free or low cost medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

Click to expand each topic below and learn more about the Medi-Cal process.



Are You Eligible?




How to Apply




Verify Eligibility





 Due to the high volume of new applications, the process is taking longer than normal and the steps mentioned below may be done out of order if it will help in expediting coverage.

The process for verifying your Medi-Cal eligibility, from the time your completed application is received to when you receive your Benefits Identification Card (BIC), normally takes 45 days. The general process for verification is as follows:

1. Apply – Complete application and submit it either in person, by mail, by phone, or online.

2. Receive a Notification of Likely Eligibility by mail.

3. Your county’s social services office may contact you by mail or phone to request paper verification if income, citizenship and other criteria cannot be verified electronically.

4. Receive Final Notice of Action notifying you of whether or not you can receive Medi-Cal.

5. Receive BIC – When you receive your BIC in the mail, you are able to use of the many Medi-Cal benefits available to you.




Enroll in a Plan




Start Using Your Benefits




Last modified date: 8/4/2014 1:26 PM