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Medi-Cal is health insurance for people with low incomes. 

Ways to qualify for Medi-Cal

  • You must have a low income.
  • Your children may qualify even if you do not.
  • If you are pregnant, you may be able to qualify for emergency Medi-Cal and get services right away.
  • When you apply for health coverage through Covered California, you and your family will be screened for Medi-Cal. Learn more at
  • You can also apply for Medi-Cal through your county Social Services office or find an application online at


What's new in Medi-Cal?

To learn more about the changes below, go to Medi-Cal updates.

  • Medi-Cal changed its eligibility rules so that more people now qualify.
  • Most Medi-Cal members will get their health care services through a managed care health plan, instead of using fee-for-service benefits. 
  • Children in the Healthy Families program have moved into the Medi-Cal program.
  • Enrollees in the temporary Low Income Health Program have moved into Medi-Cal or Covered California plans.
  • A new managed care program called Cal MediConnect will serve people who have both Medi-Cal and Medicare (dual eligibles or Medi-Medis).  


Get help with your Medi-Cal health plan

If you have a problem getting the care you need, first ask your doctor to help you. If that does not work, call your health plan. Learn more about Medi-Cal complaints


Get quality care

See Medi-Cal Managed Care plan quality ratings to help you choose the Medi-Cal plan in your area that is best for you and your family.



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