Medi-Cal Full-Scope Medi-Cal for Young Adults - Regardless of Immigration Status
Starting on January 1, 2020, a new state law gives full-scope Medi-Cal health care coverage to eligible young adults from age 19 until they turn 26. Immigration status does not matter. Full-scope Medi-Cal benefits include primary care, medicine, mental health, dental, and vision care.
If you are currently receiving restricted Medi-Cal benefits for emergency and pregnancy services, you do not need to take immediate action. HSA will notify you by mail if you qualify for full-scope Medi-Cal and what you should to do next.
Transition from restricted to full-scope Medi-Cal
Full-scope Medi-Cal is different from the restricted scope Medi-Cal you may have now. Restricted benefits are limited to some emergency and pregnancy services. If you are under age 26 and meet all other requirements, you may now qualify for full-scope benefits that cover things like primary care and medicine.
You do not need to fill out a new application. We’ll notify you by mail if you can get full-scope Medi-Cal. You will then receive a packet on how to select a health care plan. Please fill it out and mail it to the address on the form. If you don’t choose a plan within 30 days, Medi-Cal will choose one for you.
New Medi-Cal applicants
Medi-Cal provides free or low-cost health care for eligible California residents. If you are not currently receiving Medi-Cal and are a young adult between 19 to 26 years old, we encourage you to apply. Learn more about eligibility and how to apply.
Medi-Cal information for immigrants
All California residents under the age of 26 who meet the eligibility requirements can qualify to receive Medi-Cal, regardless of U.S. citizenship or immigration status. Receiving Medi-Cal will not make you a public charge. If you have questions about receiving public benefits and your immigration status, call the Bay Area Legal Aid Free Advice Hotline at (800) 551-5554.