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Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Healthcare

California expands Medi-Cal benefits to all undocumented immigrants

By Carolina EstradaJanuary 3, 2024

Roughly 750,000 adults between 26 and 49 years old are now eligible for full health coverage.

California recently became the first state in the country to offer health insurance to all undocumented immigrants.

Starting this year, 750,000 adults between the ages of 26 and 49 years old are now eligible for Medi-Cal benefits.

Yingjia Huang, a spokesperson for the California Department of Health Care Services, told KCRA 3 this helps those without health insurance get the care they need.

“It provides the full breadth of services whether it be medications, primary care, dental or vision,” said Huang.

The healthcare expansion is estimated to cost $2.6 billion dollars annually.

Who is eligible

To be eligible for Medi-Cal benefits you must:

  • Live in California
  • Meet income and household eligibility requirements

“It will ask you for proof of income and that could be a W-2, a payment stub of some sort or a letter from your employer verifying your employment,” Huang said.

How to apply

Those interested can apply to Medi-Cal:

  • Online
  • Over the phone
  • In person at a county office

Click here to apply to Medi-Cal.

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