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Children and Families

Medi-Cal provides comprehensive health coverage for children and families. Depending on income and family size, you and your family may be eligible to free or low-cost Medi-Cal. Your income must be within the limits for the appropriate family size based on the Federal Poverty Levels (FPL). If not eligible for free or low-cost Medi-Cal because your family’s income is above the FPL limits, then you can request to be evaluated for other Medi-Cal programs which may include coverage with a Share of Cost. Your worker can provide you with more information regarding which program is more beneficial to you.

Basic Eligibility Requirements
  • You and your family members requesting Medi-Cal must reside
    in California.
  • You must provide information about your family’s income,
    and verification of other necessary information if requested.
  • If you file income taxes, then you must declare your tax filing
    status, however, it is not required that you file taxes to apply
    for Medi-Cal.
  • You must be the parent or caretaker relative of at least one child under the age of 19 (or under 21 if a full-time student).
Income Requirements

Below are the income limits for both children and parents/caretaker relatives based on the Federal Poverty Levels (FPL) amounts.


Income Limits for Children Aged 0-19
Family Size


Age 0-1 

0-266% FPL


Age 1-19

0-160% FPL


Age 1-19

161 - 266% FPL

1 $3,339
2 $4,533 $2,727 $4,533
3 $5,725
$3,444 $5,725
4 $6,916
$4,160 $6,916
5 $8,111
$4,879 $8,111
6 $9,303
$5,596 $9,303
7 $10,494
$6,312 $10,494
8 $11,689
$7,031 $11,689

* Optional Targeted Low-Income Children Program is a Medi-Cal premium payment program.  The premium has been reduced to zero dollar ($0).


Income Limits for Adults/Parents/Caretakers Aged 19-64
Family Size 0-138% FPL
1 $1,732
2 $2,352
3 $2,970
4 $3,588
5 $4,208
6 $4,826
7 $5,445
8 $6,064




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Apply On-Line with BenefitsCal

The easiest and quickest way is to apply for Medi-Cal online at BenefitsCal.

Apply By Phone
You can apply by phone. Call the Customer Service Center (CSC) (866) 613-3777 to have an application mailed to you.

Apply In Person
You can apply In person at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.
Citizenship/Immigration Requirements

As of January 1, 2024, a new law in California gives full Medi-Cal to all Californians who qualify for Medi-Cal.  Unlike before, immigration status does not matter. This new law means that all California residents who qualify for Medi-Cal will receive full Medi-Cal benefits, bringing us closer to a Healthy California for All.

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