Medi-Cal, California’s health coverage program for low-income individuals and families, is extending eligibility for full coverage individuals who are 50 years of age or older, regardless of immigration status. This expansion will improve access to preventive and routine care, improve financial security for those who enroll, and strengthen California’s efforts to address health disparities and inequities, especially among populations of color.
Individuals ages 50 and over, regardless of their immigration status, who have not applied for Medi-Cal can apply here.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services do NOT consider health, food, and housing services as part of the public charge determination. Therefore, using Medi-Cal benefits (except for nursing home or mental health institution care) will NOT hurt an individual’s immigration status. When someone applies for state-funded benefits, their information is only used to determine if they qualify. State laws protect the privacy of their information.