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Did you know? California children under 19 who are undocumented and have deferred action (CCIP) qualify for Medi-Cal?


In 2015, California passed a law that allows all undocumented low-income children and youth under 19 to enroll in full Medi-Cal.


From the May 16, 2016, all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, can enroll in health coverage and get medical care.


Full Medi-Cal means free preventive services. Key tests and reviews are very important for the healthy development of children. Unlike some Medi-Cal, full Medi-Cal allows children to have access to all Medi-Cal, including: annual reviews, regular doctor visits, immunizations, mental health care, dental care and treatment. Many of these services are available at no cost to your family. Getting regular preventive care, such as reviews and tests, makes it possible to address health problems before they become more serious.


Unfortunately, undocumented Californians over 19 who have deferred action are not eligible for Medical. However, depending on where you live, you may have limited access to medical services. For more information on what is available, you can call our office for more information at 1-877-881-8281 or visit to find a participating clinic.

Frequently asked questions:

Can I get health coverage if I am undocumented?


California residents who are undocumented immigrants can receive program services Emergency / Medi-Cal Restricted or obtain private insurance through insurance companies out of the market Covered California. Undocumented immigrants may also receive the following health services: Health Services County in some counties, Community Health Centers, Emergency Services, Public Health Services, Cancer Program Cervical & Breast (time-limited treatment), Services Medi-Cal for Pregnant Women, access for Mothers and Infants (AIM), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP), Family Planning, access, Care and Treatment (Family PACT) , California Children's Services, and Minor Consent Services, Child Health Plan Kaiser Permanente northern California.


Who is required to have health insurance under the new health care law (Obamacare)?


Any individual tax return and do not meet the requirements to be exempt from the new health care law, must demonstrate compliance with the requirement to have medical coverage under the new health care law. Coverage offered through work, Medi-Cal, Medicare, or other coverage Covered California meet the requirement. Undocumented immigrants do not receive benefits from the new health care law and are exempt from the requirement to have health coverage. However, anyone who declares taxes, including an undocumented immigrant who presents his tax return with number Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) is responsible for obtaining health coverage for dependents included in your tax return - including children with citizenship estadoun- Did You know? Unless you are exempt, you and everyone should have health insurance from 1 January 2014. To avoid fines, be sure to sign up with a health plan before 31 March 2014. From 1 January, Medi-Cal: • Increase income eligibility for adults and families. • It will not make any more questions about property values ​​or to determine eligibility. • to Expand coverage to adults without dependent children, including containers deferred action (if they meet other eligibility requirements). The requirement to have health coverage is required when you do your tax return. You may state that does not qualify for the benefits of the new health law in your tax form without giving information on their immigration status.


Can I use health programs if I have been an immigrant and a legal resident for less than 5 years?


Yes. All programs mentioned above and many others are available to you. In California, immigrants and legal residents do not have to wait for Medi-Cal. If you do not qualify for Medi-Cal because of your income, you may be able to receive financial assistance through Covered California. Immigrants and legal residents who qualify for Covered California can apply immediately. Deferred Action containers not qualify for Covered CA, but if they qualify for Medi-Cal depending on income.


Does using health benefits affect me when applying for legal residence?


No. In determining whether a person is allowed to enter the United States or status granted Legal Permanent Resident (LPR), the immigration authorities considered the likelihood that the person will become a "public charge." In California, "Public Charge" applies to individuals receiving monthly cash (as CalWORKs) or long-term care paid for by Medi-Cal. Use or use your family health insurance for which you / they meet the requirements will not be considered in the decision to "public charge." If you enroll in a program Emergency / Restricted Medi-Cal or any of the services mentioned above, this will not affect their immigration status. Do not include any false information on your application.


What is the difference between full coverage and limited coverage (Emergency) Medi-Cal?


Coverage for undocumented children will extend the current limited Medi-Cal (also known as Medi-Cal "emergency") to full coverage (or comprehensive) Medi-Cal. The limited Medi-Cal covers only emergency and pregnancy; You can also cover medical care and services related to an emergency medical condition (including dialysis services). It does not cover medications, regular visits to the doctor, or dental care. The full Medi-Cal, newly available for undocumented children, covers all necessary medical services, including medical, vision, dental and mental health services. The full Medi-Cal means that children can receive both preventive care, including free treatment, including medical, vision, dental and mental health.

Will I have to pay in the future for the costs of services?


No, health care for eligible services under Medi-Cal is free or low cost. You will not have to pay for the cost of services in the future.

Can my child (a) obtaining dental care with full Medi-Cal?


Children who have full Medi-Cal also have dental coverage and can receive regular care and dental services, including: exams, x-rays, cleanings, fillings and more. To learn more, please visit


My son (a) has a special status. Still, you can my child (a) be served by their (s) specialist (s) through the program California Children's Services?


Yes, CCS services do not change. You can continue taking your child (a) with those specialists and get treatment for conditions that qualify under CCS.

What about young immigrants who have DACA?


Those who receive deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA for its acronym in English) may be eligible for full Medi-Cal either free or low cost and can enroll in an office of social services county or at a local clinic. To find a clinic, visit or call 855-899-PLUS. To determine if you are eligible for DACA, Own the Dream visit the following website or call the following toll free number: (855) DREAM-31.

How can families verify your income?


There are different ways to verify your income. All income records and information are kept confidential and not used for any other purpose other than verifying income eligibility for Medi-Cal. Usually counties have the requirement to seek this information with employers, if the information is available. If an employer does not provide this information, the county will be coordinated with the applicant to determine the type of employment and the applicant will provide the options that are available to verify your income. If the person is:

A journeyman who has a different type of work each day, the county will provide them with some kind of proof or calendar that can fill to indicate their income;

Someone who works on their own, the county may ask you to complete documents showing profit and loss as a way of verifying income;

Someone who is constantly employed and receives its income through a check, can provide a copy of the check;

Someone who is constantly employed but receive cash income, the county asked to provide a type of voucher or document reflecting their income.

If I enroll my child (a) in Medi-Cal, this may negatively affect the change my immigration status or you can turn me into an American citizen in the future?


The personal information you provide to Medi-Cal will not be shared with immigration, even if you or other family members are undocumented. Medi-Cal can only use your personal information to verify if you or your family members are eligible for medical coverage. Joining Medi-Cal will not hurt you or your children in their ability to become a legal permanent resident "someone who has a green card" or an American citizen. This is because the sign up and use Medi-Cal will not affect their immigration status and is not considered when determining if you can be a public charge. The only exception is if a person receives medical long-term care paid for by Medi-Cal; this can be considered when determining whether a person is a public charge. Determining whether a person is a public charge involves a study of all the facts and circumstances in relation to their ability to support himself; this includes their level of education, employment history and resources. This means that even if you receive long-term medical care, this does not automatically make a public charge.

Section 2 of the Welfare and Institutions Code of California indicates that the information provided in applications for Medi-Cal is confidential and can only be used for administration of the Medi-Cal.

There are federal regulations that indicate that states should not inquire about the immigration status of those family members who are applying for Medicaid (Medi-Cal) for other family members who themselves are eligible.


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