Older Adult Expansion | En Español​

Basic Information​​

Beginning May 1, 2022, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to adults 50 years of age or older and immigration status does not matter.  All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply.

This initiative, called Older Adult Expansion, is modeled after the Young Adult Expansion, which provided full scope Medi-Cal to young adults 19 through 25, inclusive. See the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) website for the Young Adult Expansion.

DHCS is working collaboratively with the County Welfare Directors Association of California, county social services agencies, Covered California, consumer advocates, and other interested parties to ensure a successful implementation. 

Please visit this webpage for future FAQs, notices, resources, and additional information.  ​

​Enrollment Notice​

Older Adult Expansion Global Outreach Language Toolkit 

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For information on immigration and using Medi-Cal, the below are qualified resources:

For additional immigration resources, please visit California's Immigrant Guide website.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services do NOT consider health, food, and housing services as part of the public charge determination. Therefore, using Medi-Cal benefits (except for nursing home or mental health institution care) will NOT hurt an individual's immigration status. When someone applies for state-funded benefits, their information is only used to determine if they qualify. State laws protect the privacy of their information.​

DHCS and county social services agencies cannot answer questions related to immigration or public charge.​

Contact Us

For all other questions related to Older Adult Expansion, please feel free to contact DHCS at OlderAdultExpansion@dhcs.ca.gov​.​

Last modified date: 11/8/2022 8:30 AM