Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget for 2020-2021 has included Medi-Cal coverage for eligible seniors regardless of immigration status!
Our community members have fought for #Health4All, and knew first hand what the impacts are for friends and family that have had to go without health coverage. Lyzzeth Mendoza, the Community Engagement and Policy Associate for ICIJ had this to share:
“The Governor’s effort to include all income-eligible Californians up to age 26 into Medi-Cal mirrors what can become a reality for many more people including undocumented elders. Our communities need inclusive and dignified policies to thrive. We’ve waited a long time to cover all seniors regardless of immigration status. The Inland Empire applauds the efforts taking place as we kick off 2020.”
If you or someone you know needs support to apply for Medi-Cal you may use the clinic locator to find the nearest location that may assist you.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Will receiving Medi-Cal make me a “public charge”?
○ Because the Medi-Cal expansion for young adults is state-funded and not federally funded, it is NOT counted in the public charge test .
(The expanded public charge rule will be effective beginning Feb. 24, 2020.)
How do I enroll in Medi-Cal?
○ Submit a new application: DHCS has a step-by-step guide, including links to the paper and online application.
○ Find a local health center that can help you enroll in Medi-Cal: Please visit the California Health Plus clinic finder for the locations.
○ For help with the Medi-Cal eligibility rules, call the Health Consumer Alliance at 888-804-3536
What types of medical services will be covered?
○ General medical care
○ Family planning
○ Dental health services
○ Mental health services
○ Alcohol and drug treatment services
○ Prescription drugs
○ …and more
When you are ready to enroll you may need theses documents (if you have them)
A. Proof of Identity (for example, photo ID, passport, consular ID, or driver’s license)
B. Proof of Household Income (for example, current pay stub or IRS Form 1040)
C. Medi-Cal Renewal Form (if applicable)
It is okay if you do not have these documents.