(Also known as The Affordable Health Care Act)
Help Me Help You advocates are state certified to assist you with Medi-Cal enrolment so you can access medical care at no, or a reduced, cost.
What is Medi-Cal?
Medi-Cal is California’s version of Medicaid. It provides comprehensive health insurance coverage at either free or low-cost. Children, pregnant women, and low income families are eligible.
As of 2014, Medi-Cal eligibility coverage has expanded to include adults without minor children living at home, with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
Who is Eligible for Medi-Cal?
To be eligible for no-cost Medi-Cal with full benefits, individuals must be US citizens or legal permanent residents with low incomes.
Can undocumented Immigrants receive Medi-Cal?
Undocumented immigrants can receive Emergency Medi-Cal in an emergency situation with no follow-up coverage. An undocumented immigrant cannot receive full-scope Medi-Cal.
Undocumented pregnant immigrants are eligible for prenatal and maternity care, but are ineligible for full scope services. There are other programs an undocumented immigrant may eligible for.
What is MAGI?
Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI), is the income counting standard that is now used to determine eligibility.
These individuals will be able to enroll in Medi-Cal in a more simplified fashion without an asset test:
Adults 19-64 (up to 138% of FPL)
Children 18 and under (up to 266% of FPL)
Pregnant women (up to 213% of FPL)
Additionally, Medi-Cal is available to additional individuals in the following categories:
Pregnant women between 213-322% of FPL have access to the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) with a fee of 1.5% of yearly family income
Medi-Cal enrollees aged 65 or older, disabled and SSI recipients, or individuals in long-term care are subject to asset tests (you cannot have property worth more than $2,000 for an individual and $3,000 for a couple, with the exception of your home and car. If you cannot pass the asset test, you must "spend down" to qualify for Medi-Cal).
Medi-Cal enrollees aged 55 or older, or other members utilizing long-term care services are subject to estate recovery after the death of the beneficiary.
If you have questions or need assistance to enroll in Medi-Cal, please contact one of our state certified Medi-Cal advocates at (562) 612-5001. We can complete the application over the phone or in-person.
Please have the following documents ready for your appointment:
Birth certificates, or US passport, or lawful permanent card (green card)
Proof of income: recent paycheck and tax forms
Proof of Residency: California ID, Driver’s License, utility or phone bill
Social Security Card for everyone applying
Please contact the outreach team if you have questions or need assistance. (562) 612-5001
Upon your advocates request, upload your required documents.
¡Asistencia en español!
Ofrecemos asistencia en la inscripción en persona. Reúnase con consejeros de inscripción certificados por el estado para la asistencia que necesita.
Póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina para obtener asistencia de inscripción (562) 612-5001.
Por favor traiga lo siguiente a su cita para asistencia de inscripción:
Acta de nacimiento, o pasaporte de los Estados Unidos, o tarjetas de extranjero residentes (tarjeta verde)
Prueba de ingresos: recibo reciente y formularios de impuestos 2012
Prueba de Residencia: California ID, licencia de conducir, utilidad o factura telefónica
Tarjeta de Seguro Social para todos los solicitantes
También tiene la opción de cargar estos documentos aquí.