How do I apply?

It's easy. Apply on our website or get free, confidential by phone. Covered California and Medi-Cal use the same application. This means that once you apply, you’ll find out which program you qualify for. Some households qualify for both. 

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Applying online takes about an hour from start to finish.

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Sign up at your own pace by saving your application and picking up later.

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Be sure to have the necessary documents on hand before starting your application for a seamless enrollment process.

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With hundreds of enrollment centers and thousands of certified enrollers statewide, you have many convenient options when it comes to getting enrollment assistance.

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Make an appointment to get free help signing up for a plan.

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You’ll get a call from a certified enroller, usually within 30 minutes.

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Get ready for the call by making sure you have the necessary documents on hand.

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Get started by filling out the online form.

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Or call our Service Center

phone (800) 300-1506

The fastest way to getting coverage. edit

Edit Content

Applying online takes about an hour from start to finish.

Edit Content

Sign up at your own pace by saving your application and picking up later.

Edit Content

Be sure to have the necessary documents on hand before starting your application for a seamless enrollment process.

Applying is easy — and free. edit

Edit Content

With hundreds of enrollment centers and thousands of certified enrollers statewide, you have many convenient options when it comes to getting enrollment assistance.

Edit Content

Make an appointment to get free help signing up for a plan.

Have an enroller call you to get free enrollment advice. edit

Edit Content

You’ll get a call from a certified enroller, usually within 30 minutes.

Edit Content

Get ready for the call by making sure you have the necessary documents on hand.

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Get started by filling out the online form.

What do I need to apply?

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Social Security Numbers
For applicants who have them.
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Federal Tax Information
For the applicants who file taxes.
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Immigration Documents
For non-citizens.
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Employer and Income Information
For everyone in your family.

Get coverage within 60 days of a major life change. 

You can apply for coverage through Covered California at any time if you experience a qualifying life event. Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round, and you don't need a life event to apply.

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Lost Job Or Income Due to COVID-19
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Affected by Wildfires
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  • You lose Medi-Cal coverage.
  • You lose your employer-sponsored coverage.
  • Your COBRA coverage is exhausted. Note: Not paying your COBRA premium is not considered loss of coverage.
  • You are no longer eligible for student health coverage.
  • You turn 19 years old and are no longer eligible for a child-only plan.
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You turn 26 years old and are no longer eligible for a parent’s plan.

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  • You move to California from out of state.
  • You move within California and gain access to at least one new Covered California health insurance plan.
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  • One or both members of the new couple can use the special-enrollment period to enroll in coverage.
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  • A child is born, adopted or received into foster care. The entire family can use the special-enrollment period to enroll in coverage.
  • If you receive a child in foster care, you will need to indicate “adopted a child” in the drop-down menu when you apply.
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Change of Household Size
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  • For new members: Select “Single” as marital status and “Single” or “Head of Household” as tax filing status.
  • For existing members: Contact the Service Center for assistance at (800) 300-1506. 
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You have lost coverage after leaving active duty, reserve duty, or the California National Guard.

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Released from Jail or Prison
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You become a citizen, national, or permanent legal resident.

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  • You are already enrolled in a Covered California plan and become newly eligible or ineligible for tax credits or cost-sharing reductions.  
  • You are already enrolled in a Covered California plan and you lose a dependent or lose your status as a dependent due to divorce, legal separation, dissolution of domestic partnership, or death.