Health Care Coverage Coming to Undocumented Children in CA

All children – regardless of immigration status – will now be eligible for Medi-Cal health benefits.


For the first time, health care coverage is on its way to approximately 170,000 low-income children in California whose immigration status is undocumented.


As of May 1, 2016, children under 19 years old will be eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal health benefits regardless of their immigration status.


What are the benefits?

Under recently passed legislation, beginning May 1, 2016, children under 19 will have access to full-scope Medi-Cal benefits, which cover medical care, vision exams, dental care, substance abuse treatment and mental health services. In addition, covered children will receive a Benefits Identification Card (BIC) that can be used even when there’s an address change.


How’s Health Net helping?

Health Net created a colorful brochure in Spanish that will be available at the Mexican and El Salvadoran consulates in LA County. In Northern and Central California, you can find the brochure at the Mexican consulate, and at health fairs and community events. Consumers can also watch this educational video to find out more about the law change.

Where to find even more information, and enroll?

Experts will be on hand in East Los Angeles at Health Net’s Community Resource Center (CRC) to discuss coverage options directly with members of the community. Enrollment also can be done in person at any of the state’s County Social Services Offices, online with Covered California,over the phone at 800-300-1506, or by mail with the Medi-Cal Single Streamlined Application. Email if you have additional questions about your specific circumstances.


Remember, kids need access to quality care so that they have the best chance at growing up physically healthy and mentally strong. Please do your part to make sure every child in California gets covered.




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Lisa Finn