Medicaid (Medi-Cal)

Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Most applicants who apply through Covered California and enroll in Medi-Cal will receive care through managed health plans.

Medi-Cal has always covered low-income children, pregnant women and families. On January 1, 2014, California expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to include low-income adults. When you complete a Covered California application, your eligibility for Medi-Cal will automatically be determined. You can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of your  sex, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status.

The Affordable Care Act ensures all Medi-Cal
health plans offer what is known as
Essential Health Benefits (EHB). These
ten comprehensive services include the
following categories:
• Outpatient (Ambulatory) services
• Emergency services
• Hospitalization
• Maternity and Newborn care
• Mental Health and Substance Use
Disorder Services, including Behavioral
Health Treatment
• Prescription Drugs
• Programs such as physical and
occupational therapy (known as
Rehabilitative & Habilitative Services)
and devices
• Laboratory services
• Preventive and wellness services &
chronic disease management
• Children’s (Pediatric) services, including
oral and vision care.

• Dental and vision services are
available with some limitation for
adults (800) 322-6384
• Mental Health and Substance Use
Disorder Service benefits are
available. (805) 781-4700


Affordable Care Act – Open Enrollment 2022