​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Young Adult Expansion

​Basic Information

Beginning January 1, 2020, a new law in California will give full scope Medi-Cal to young adults under the age of 26 and immigration status does not matter.  All other Medi-Cal eligibility rules, including income limits, will still apply.

This initiative, called the Young Adult Expansion, is modeled after Senate Bill 75, which provided full scope Medi-Cal to all eligible children under the age 19 regardless of immigration status.  See the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) website for SB 75.

DHCS is working collaboratively with the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA), 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.  


Young Adult Expansion Presentation - September 26, 2019
Young Adult Expansion Eligibility and Enrollment Plan

​​Frequently Asked Questions

General Informational Notice

Enrollment Notice

Data Set 1 - Transition Baseline

Data Set 2 - Transition Population

Data Set 3 - Newly Eligible Population

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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 Young Adult Expansion, please feel free to contact DHCS at YoungAdultExpansion@dhcs.ca.gov.​​

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