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How can you find out if you are eligible for Medi-Cal?

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As of 2015, California residents can qualify for Medi-Cal, the Medicaid program in California, based on their income, health status or participation in other assistance programs, states the California Department of Health Care Services. Those with an annual income less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level typically qualify.

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Individuals with an annual income of $16,105 or less in 2015 qualify for Medi-Cal, states the California Department of Health Care Services. The income limit increases based on family size. A family of four can qualify for Medi-Cal if the income does not exceed $32,913 per year.

People who are blind, pregnant, under the age of 21 or over the age of 65, disabled or in a skilled nursing facility also qualify for Medi-Cal, states the California Department of Health Care Services. Individuals who have refugee status can also receive Medi-Cal.

Those participating in some public assistance programs also automatically qualify for Medi-Cal. These include CalFresh, Supplemental Security Income/State Supplementary Payment, CalWorks, refugee assistance, and foster care or adoption assistance programs, advises the California Department of Health Care Services.

Qualified individuals can apply for Medi-Cal online or at a local county office, states the California Department of Health Care Services. In many cases, Medi-Cal coverage is available at no charge. However, in some cases, individuals and families may be asked to a pay a premium of up to $39 per month.

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