Medi-Cal Program

What is Medi-Cal?

Medi-Cal is California’s public health care insurance program. Medi-Cal is administered through the Department of Health Care Services supported by federal and state funding. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, on January 1, 2014, Medi-Cal has expanded and is available to eligible individuals of all ages.

What are some of the eligibility requirements?

Medi-Cal is available to eligible California residents and is primarily based on income, property and household tax filing status. Your eligibility worker will make the determination based on your unique situation whether property is countable or exempt. Medi-Cal may be free of cost, with a share of cost or with a monthly premium.

If you are not eligible to receive Medi-Cal benefits your application may also be reviewed for other health insurance coverage through Covered California.

What does Medi-Cal cover?

Medi-Cal covers health, dental and vision services. Coverage is available for individuals who meet eligibility criteria …. (must be a resident of California and be a US Citizen Naturalized Citizen, Legal Permanent Resident or child under age 19. Restricted benefits (limited to pregnancy/emergency) services may be available for adults 19 years of age or older without satisfactory immigration status assuming all other eligibility criteria are met.

If you are determined eligible your coverage begins on the first day of the application month. A Benefit Issuance Card (BIC) will be issued to you. Your BIC is a white card with blue lettering or has a picture of the California flower. This card should be retained and must be presented at time of service. If you are found eligible to full medical coverage you will also receive an additional card from Central California Alliance. Make sure to present both cards at the time of service including pharmacy/prescription services.

Here is a list of some of the services Medi-Cal can cover:

Dental Benefits include:

Helpful tips to retain/continue benefits:

Ways to apply: