Special Enrollment

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 lawful permanent 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.