California's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients are eligible for full medical coverage if you permanently live in California and meet Medi-Cal’s household income requirements.
Young adults who left foster care at the age of 18 or older, are also eligible for Medi-Cal until age 26, regardless of immigration status.
Your Immigration Status Does Not Matter!
You can apply online at Covered California www.coveredca.com. The online application will ask questions about your immigration status, but you may qualify for coverage as a DACA or former foster youth even if you are undocumented.
If you are applying for the Medi-Cal program through your county, make sure to say you are DACA or former foster youth — your immigration status does not matter and should not delay your enrollment.
Medi-Cal Application Tips
When applying for Medi-Cal, BRING PROOF of eligibility to your enrollment appointment! Some eligibility workers are unaware that DACA recipients are eligible for Medi-Cal, and may turn you away or discourage you from applying.
Because the county will need your citizenship and/or immigration status information for their records, they may ask you to complete a Statement of Citizenship, Alienage, and Immigration Status form (called the MC 13) if they did not already have this information. You can view the MC 13 form at www.dhcs.ca.gov/formsandpubs/forms/Forms/mc13.pdf.
Check out the Enrolling in Medi-Cal as a California DACA Recipient guidebook that will walk you through the enrollment process.
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