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What is Medi-Cal?

Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost public health insurance program that provides needed health care services for low-income individuals and families in California. Learn more about who qualifies for Medi-Cal and how to apply below.




    Who Can Qualify for Medi-Cal?

    Individuals and families who meet particular eligibility requirements, such as California residency, income and property (in certain circumstances), are potentially eligible for no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal benefits.  Applicants who meet income and other eligibility requirements can receive Medi-Cal regardless of age, gender, disability, or household composition.  If you are a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, you may qualify for full Medi-Cal benefits regardless of age. 

    The following non-citizens may also qualify for full Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status:

    •   Victims of Human Trafficking, Domestic Abuse or other Serious Crimes
    •   Refugees 
    •   Asylees 
    •   Certain Humanitarian Parolees admitted under the United for Ukraine (U4U) program 
    •   Cuban/Haitian Entrants 
    •   Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) Holders from Afghanistan and Afghanistan nationals admitted under the Operation Allies Refuge program
    •   Amerasians, and 
    •   Battered non-citizens (also known as the Violence Against Women’s Act [VAWA])

    Please visit the USCIS website for full descriptions on each of the categories above or the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) website more information.

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    Note: If you are determined eligible for Medi-Cal, you may be able to receive healthcare services through a Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan. In Riverside County, the managed care plans are Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) and Molina.