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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Tips to Speed Up Your Application for Health Coverage

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 s
ubmit 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: 11/18/2019 11:51 AM