Health Coverage for you and your family
On March 23, 2010, the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Health Care Reform, became federal law.
It initiated the most significant changes in the U.S. health care system since the establishment of Medicare in 1965. It expanded health care coverage and availability to nearly all Americans, whether through their employer, Medicare, Medi-Cal, or the new statewide health insurance marketplace, called Covered California.
The Department of Social Services is responsible for enrolling new clients in Medi-Cal, and will also provide assistance to customers seeking health insurance enrollment with Covered California.
Below is some information on what you need to know about health care reform.
Starting in 2014, Medi-Cal coverage will expand to persons earning up to 138% of Federal Poverty Level, including childless adults that are ineligible under existing law. Additionally, foster youth will now be eligible for coverage until age 26, instead of age 18 (or 21 if they participate in Extended Foster Care).
The coverage is free for those who qualify, and applications are accepted at any time of the year. For more information, please visit our Medi-Cal web page.
Beginning in 2014, legal residents who do not have health insurance from their employer or another government program can purchase health insurance through the state insurance exchange, Covered California.
Residents may begin enrolling through Covered California on October 1, 2013, with coverage starting no earlier than January 1, 2014. Enrollment ends on March 31, 2014.To answer your questions, call 888-975-1142, or visit www.coveredca.com.
The following chart can help you determine what type of health coverage you may qualify for:
View this short informational Video for an explanation of the basics of Health Care Reform.
Visit www.healthcare.gov for more information from the federal government about health care reform.
This Fact Sheet contains more information about Covered California.
Read these Frequently Asked Questions.
Did you know? There is a nutritional assistance program called CalFresh (formerly known as food stamps) that helps qualified households and individuals buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutritional levels.
Those who qualify for Medi-Cal often qualify for CalFresh benefits as well. Benefits are provided on an electronic card that is used like a bank debit card and accepted at many markets and food stores, as well as some Farmer’s Markets.