Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.
Individuals listed below may qualify for Medi-Cal:
- 65 or older
- Under 21
- Diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer
- In a skilled nursing or intermediate care facility.
- Parent or caretaker relative of a child under 21 and
- The child's parent is deceased or does not live with the child, or
- The child's parent is incapacitated, or
- The child's parent who is the primary wage earner is unemployed or underemployed.
You may be eligible for Medi-Cal if you receive cash assistance under one of the following programs:
- SSI/SSP (Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program)
- CalWORKs (California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids). Previously called Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC).
- Refugee Assistance
- Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Program.
For more information on Medi-Cal eligibility and benefits please see Medi-Cal: What it means to you - PUB 68 (pdf).
You can apply for Medi-Cal benefits in the following ways:
Healthy Families Program Transition
The Healthy Families Program will transition to the Medi-Cal Program in phases over a year beginning January 1, 2013. Answers to frequently asked questions for beneficiaries can be found at the Department of Health Care Services' website.
Benefits CalWIN is our website where you can:
- begin the application process by completing an easy online application
- submit electronic copies of verifications
- find out if you might be eligible to CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal benefits
To begin your application on-line go to www.benefitscalwin.org.
Mail-In applications may be requested by calling:
- ACCESS AT 866-262-9881
Applications and/or verifications may be mailed to the following address:
Document Processing Center
P.O. BOX 85025
Lemon Grove, CA 92186-5025
In person applications may be obtained at any of the following facilities:
If you have any questions you may contact ACCESS by:
Income Tax Assistance:
Free tax preparation services are available for low-to moderate-income individuals and families (generally, $49,000 an below) at Thrive San Diego - IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Qualified individuals and families can get up to $5,600 (with children) or $457 (no children) in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). Getting EITC dollars will not affect Medi-Cal benefits. Call 2-1-1 to find a free tax preparation site near you to get more information. You can also log on to http://thrivesandiego.org/index_files/aboutvita.htm