​Apply for Medi-Cal or Other Affordable, Quality Health Coverage

As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that began in 2014, Medi-Cal has provided health coverage to approximately 2.7 million new people.  The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) partnered with Covered California creating an online “one-stop shop” application for individuals and families to apply for health coverage.

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Apply for Medi-Cal or Other Health Coverage


 To apply for health coverage, you can go to Covered California to complete
your application year around to apply for Medi-Cal.
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Apply for Health Coverage at Covered California in 2014 

Download a Printable Application
for Health Insurance

You can apply in person at your local county office, on the phone, or download, fill out, and 
submit your application to your local county social services office. 
Locate your local county office

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. Your local county will contact you to get any updated information they need.


Did Medi-Cal benefits change in 2014?

Yes.  Medi-Cal expanded benefits by providing mental health services, substance use disorder services, and dental coverage under the ACA.


Has the eligibility criteria changed to receive Medi-Cal benefits?

Yes.  Qualifying for Medi-Cal  is now simpler than ever.  For most individuals, Medi-Cal eligibility is based on your household size and your income.  Medi-Cal also attempts 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 is a “one-stop shop” for your health insurance needs.  Through Covered California, you are able to apply for Medi-Cal benefits electronically and receive real-time eligibility results.  You can also 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, please review our Frequently Asked Questions.

Contact Us

If you do not find an answer to your question after reading through our Frequently Asked Questions, please contact us directly: Medi-Cal Contact Us, or contact your local county office from our County Listings page. 


Last modified date: 3/23/2021 3:51 PM