As a result of federal and state health insurance reforms, there is a significant increase in the number of California residents who are now eligible for Medi-Cal benefits. Medi-Cal is managed by the California Department of Health Care Services and County Social Service Offices. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Rehabilitative Programs—in partnership with the Division of Adult Parole Operations—is working with its community based providers to assist in facilitating parolee enrollment into Affordable Health Care Act Insurance.
Health plans offered by Medi-Cal include benefits known as “essential health benefits.”
Essential health benefits consist of:
- Outpatient services
- Emergency services
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental Health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
- Prescription drugs
- Dental services
- Laboratory services
- Preventative and wellness services and chronic disease management
- Children’s (Pediatric) services, including oral and vision care
- Programs such as physical and occupational therapy and devices
For many individuals who enroll in Medi-Cal, there is no premium, no co-payment, and no out of pocket cost. Some households will see affordable costs, such as a low monthly premium.
To apply for Medi-Cal health coverage in your area, the County Social Service Offices information can be found here. They provide a complete list of offices by county name. Each office provides contact information for your reference.
To see if you are eligible, visit the California Department of Health Care Services website at Steps-to-Medi-Cal:
- California Department of Health Care Services
- California Department of Health Care Services, Medi-Cal
- County Social Service Offices
How to Apply
Visit the California Department of Health Care Services link at Steps-to-Medi-Cal for guidance and avenues to apply for Medi-Cal.
The California Department of Health Care Services provides updated information on Medi-Cal. If you have any questions, please visit Medi-Cal pages to learn more.