General Hardship Exemption

If you have a general hardship that prevents you from getting health coverage, you can apply for a general hardship exemption.


You experienced one or more of the following:
  • Experienced homelessness.
  • Was evicted in the past six months or is facing eviction or foreclosure.
  • Utility shut-off.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Death of a close family member.
  • Natural disaster (i.e. fire, flood, or human-caused disaster).
  • Bankruptcy.
  • Medical expenses that resulted in substantial debt.
  • Unexpected increases in necessary expenses or decreases in household income due to divorce/separation, unexpected or sudden disability, or caring for an ill, disabled or aging family member.
  • Appeals decision shows eligibility for enrollment through Covered California when not actually enrolled.
  • Medical support order.
  • Other (granted on a case-by-case basis).

What You Will Need To Apply

  • Date of birth
  • Social Security numbers (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN), if you have one
  • Proof to support your claim of hardship, or a written explanation.

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