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Medi-Cal Assistance

Medi-Cal is California’s public health insurance program and provides needed health care services for low-income individuals, including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, children in foster care, pregnant women, and low-income people with specific diseases such as tuberculosis, breast cancer, or HIV/AIDS. Recipients of CalWORKs and Foster Care are automatically eligible for Medi-Cal.

As a result of the Affordable Care Act, eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal have expanded to include all adults whose monthly income is under 138% of the federal poverty level—$1,387 for an individual and $2,829 for a family of four—who are citizens or legal residents. Medi-Cal coverage is free for those who qualify.

Covered California Insurance

If your income is too high to qualify for Medi-Cal, affordable insurance plans are offered through Covered California and you may qualify for tax credits that will help to lower the cost of your insurance premium. When you enroll in a health plan through Covered California, tax credits can be immediately applied to the insurance premium, which reduces the amount you pay each month.

Covered California will make it simple and more affordable for you to get high-quality health insurance that can't be canceled or denied because of a pre-existing medical condition or illness. Purchasing insurance through Covered California will have many advantages. For the first time ever, you will be able to make true "apples-to-apples" comparisons of health insurance. Covered California is the only place where you can learn about and use federal financial assistance that can help lower your health care costs.

SB 75 - Full-Scope Medi-Cal for All Children

Under the new law, SB 75 Full Scope Medi-Cal for All Children, that was implemented in May 2016, children under 19 years of age are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of immigration status, as long as they meet all other eligibility requirements (Welfare and Institutions Code section 14007.8.) Ventura County Human Services Agency, Covered California, and other interested parties are working to identify and provide children with full Medi-Cal coverage benefits.  See the flyer for 5 Things You Need to Know (5 Puntos Que Necesita Saber Sobre) to enroll your child in full-scope Medi-Cal. 

Low-Cost Medi-Cal for Children

Children between the ages of 1 and 19 in families with incomes ranging from 160% to 266% FPL ($38,880 to $64,644 annually for a family of four) may be eligible for low-cost Medi-Cal insurance. Many of these children were previously enrolled in California’s Healthy Families program and may now be eligible for the Low-Cost Medi-Cal for Children program. Monthly premiums are $13 per child with a maximum of $39 per household.

Long-Term Care

Many long-term care residents may have all or part of their care paid for by Medi-Cal if their income and resources meet Medi-Cal standards. Click here for more informationexitdisclaimer.

250 Percent Working Disabled Program

The 250% Working Disabled Program is a full-scope, zero share-of-cost Medi-Cal program designed for those who are working at least one hour per month with pay and who meet the Social Security Administration federal disability definition. Applicants must meet eligibility requirements, such as California residency, and pay a monthly premium to the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). After enrollment and payment of the monthly premium, if medical services are covered by Medi-Cal, those services will be paid by the Medi-Cal program. Click here for more information.

Free Health Coverage for Former Foster Youth

If you were in foster care on your 18th birthday, you are eligible for free Medi-Cal benefits until your 26th birthday (regardless of your income). Attached is a quick guide and one page form you can use to sign up and take to any Human Services Agency Community Services Center. You are encouraged to call Nicole Martinez (805) 582-9615 for assistance.


Health Coverage Information for Tax Purposes

IRS Form 1095-B provides information about your health coverage for the tax year. The California Department of Health Care Services will mail Form 1095-B to Medi-Cal participants by March 2, 2018. Some taxpayers may not receive Form 1095-B by the time they are ready to file their tax returns. While the information on Form 1095-B may assist in preparing tax returns, taxpayers should not wait for the form. They should file their returns as they normally would. Taxpayers are not required to – and should not – attach Form 1095-B to their tax returns. For free help with filing tax returns, click here.  Learn more about IRS Form 1095-B


When you apply for CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and other health insurance programs offered through Covered California, you will be asked for information about your residency, identity, citizenship, Social Security number, income, and any other health care coverage you may have. The chart below includes income eligibility information for most health insurance programs as well as CalFresh. You can apply for Medi-Cal, Cal Fresh, and other assistance programs online through My Benefits CalWIN.  

of People
in Your

If Your Monthly
Income** is

If Your Monthly
Income* is

If Your Monthly
Income* is
1 $1,287 $1,387 $1,387 - $4,020
2 $1,736 $1,868 $1,868 - $5,414
3 $2,184 $2,349 $2,349 - $6,807
4 $2,633 $2,829 $2,829 - $8,200
5 $3,081 $3,310 $3,310 - $9,594
You may
qualify for:
(Food Stamps)

Health insurance premium assistance is
available through Covered California.
Children in families with income up to
266% FPL may be eligible for free or
low cost Medi-Cal insurance.

*These figures are current January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
**These figures are current October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018

How to Apply for Medi-Cal

First, use this easy online tool to check your eligibility.

There are several ways to apply for Medi-Cal benefits:

1) Fill out an application online hereexitdisclaimer

2) Download an application in English or Spanish complete it and either

Drop it off at a Community Service Centerexitdisclaimer
Mail the completed form to:
County of Ventura
Human Services Agency L#5290
855 Partridge Drive

Ventura, CA 93003-9565

3) Call a Community Service Centerexitdisclaimer to request a paper application, which includes a return postage-paid envelope.

4) Apply in person at a Community Service Centerexitdisclaimer.

Healthcare Application Information Cannot be used for Civil Immigration Enforcement

New CalWIN Mobile Application

Have an Android, iPhone, or iPad?  For those who do, a mobile application ("app") is now available allowing easy access to:

  • Check Your Case Status
  • Get Current Benefit Amounts
  • Check Your Renewal Dates and Renew CalFresh Benefits
  • View Your EBT Balance

The CalWIN Mobile "app" will also help find the nearest Human Services Agency Community Service Center or America's Job Center using GPS or zip code lookup.

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