Free and Low-Cost Health Care for Children and Pregnant Women
Apply now for Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. Follow these steps:
- Fill out an application, please call for an application 1-800-880-5305 or TDD 1-800-735-2929
- Send copies of the documents listed on the application by mail or fax
- Sign and mail the application
Who can apply?
- Children under the age of 19 from low-income and working families
- Pregnant women
Children and pregnant women who do not have immigration papers may still qualify for some Medi-Cal.
How much does it cost?
Medi-Cal is free. Healthy Families is $4-$15 per child, per month for each child, up to $45 maximum per family. Preventive services, like immunizations, are free. Other visits cost $5 each.
The programs let you choose a doctor or clinic. And, most counties offer a choice of health plans.
Want to know if you qualify?
It depends on your family size, income, and age of the child. If you do not qualify, you may be able to be referred to a low-cost county health insurance program called Healthy Kids or another program that may be able to cover your children.
Who can apply for a child?
The child's parent, stepparent, guardian, or caregiver relative can apply. Emancipated minors can apply for themselves.
Does the child or pregnant woman have to be a U.S. citizen or National?
No. Documented and undocumented immigrants may be eligible for Medi-Cal. Some immigrants may be eligible for pregnancy and emergency services only. Others may be eligible for full Medi-Cal benefits.
For Healthy Families, a child must be a U.S. citizen, National, or qualified immigrant.
Do I have to give you immigration information for everyone in my family?
No. Only list the immigration information for family members who are applying for health benefits.
Parents do not need to give their immigration information if only applying for their children.
The immigration information you give is private and confidential.
What happens after I apply?
You will be sent a letter to let you know which program your children may be eligible for and when coverage would begin. It can take up to 45 days to process your application.
If you do not qualify
What if I don't qualify for Medi-Cal?
If your income is too high for free Medi-Cal, you can apply to AIM (Access for Infants and Mothers). AIM is a low-cost program for uninsured pregnant women whose income is too high to qualify for free Medi-Cal.
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