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. 

California Medicaid is supported by federal and state taxes. It is a large program made up of many separate programs designed to assist Californians in various family and medical situations.

Program NameMedi-Cal
Expanded MedicaidYes
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Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for California Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of California, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income.

You must also be one of the following:*

  • Pregnant
  • Be responsible for a child 21 years of age or younger
  • Blind
  • Have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability
  • Be 65 years of age or older

* ACA Medicaid expansion covers eligible low-income adults.

Annual Household Income Limits (before taxes)

Household Size*Maximum Income Level (Per Year)

*For households with more than eight people, add $6,038 per additional person.

Available Services Include:

AcupunctureLaboratory services
Allergy careMaternity and newborn care
Ambulance servicesMental health services
Anesthesiologist servicesOrgan & tissue transplantation
Children’s pediatric servicesOrthotics/prostheses
ChiropracticOutpatient (ambulatory) services
DentalPhysician services
Emergency room servicesPrescription drugs
Emergency servicesPreventive and wellness services
Family planning servicesRehabilitative services and devices
Hearing aidsSmoking cessation services
Home health servicesSurgical services
HospitalizationTreatment therapies
Inpatient hospital servicesVision


For most individuals who enroll in Medi-Cal, there is no premium, no copayment, and no out-of-pocket cost.

For some Medi-Cal households, there is a monthly premium of $13 per child up to a family maximum of $39 per month.