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Basic Eligibility Requirements

Congratulations!  You’re expecting a baby!  DPSS wants to help you get the health coverage you need during your pregnancy.

  • You must be pregnant.
  • You must reside in California.
  • You must provide information about your income and
    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.
Income Requirements

Below are the income limits for pregnant individuals based on the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). 

Be sure to count your unborn child (ren) in your family size.

 

Income Levels for Pregnancy Programs
Family Size     No Cost Medi-Cal Medi-Cal Access Program
  FULL-SCOPE PREGNANCY RELATED SERVICES (MCAP) 
0-138% FPL 139%-213% FPL 214-322% FPL
1 $1,468 $2,265 $3,424
2 $1,983 $3,061 $4,627
3 $2,498 $3,856 $5,829
4 $3,013 $4,651 $7,031
5 $3,529 $5,446 $8,233
6 $4,044 $6,241 $9,435
7 $4,559 $7,037 $10,637
8 $5,074 $7,832 $11,839
Citizenship/Immigration Requirements
Immigration Status and Medi-Cal Pregnancy Programs
IMMIGRATION STATUS  0-138% FPL 139-213% FPL 214-322% FPL
SATISFACTORY IMMIGRATION STATUS FULL-SCOPE BENEFITS (INCLUDES PREGNANCY SERVICES) PREGNANCY SERVICES ONLY MEDI-CAL ACCESS PROGRAM CLICK MCAP FOR MORE INFORMATION
NON-SATISFACTORY IMMIGRATION STATUS RESTRICTED-SCOPE BENEFITS (INCLUDES PREGNANCY SERVICES) PREGNANCY SERVICES ONLY
Renewal Requirements

Your family’s Medi-Cal eligibility must be reviewed at least once a year.  

Apply On-Line with Your Benefits Now

The easiest and quickest way is to apply for CalWORKs online at Your Benefits Now.


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.
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