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Medi-Cal provides free or low cost health insurance to eligible adults, children and seniors.

3 Easy Ways to Apply:


IN PERSON    Visit an HSA Office location

BY MAIL    Call (800) 223-8383 to request an application or download an application and mail the completed application to one of our offices

Learn more or request an application

Who can benefit from Medi-Cal?

  • People under the age of 21 OR 65 and over
  • The blind or disabled
  • Parents of children under 21
  • Pregnant women
  • People in a skilled nursing or long-term facility
  • Those receiving SSI/SSP or CalWORKs
  • Those who meet income and resources guidelines

What else should I know?

  • If you have a medical emergency, you can ask your worker to process your case right away.
  • You can apply for Medi-Cal even if you have another type of insurance.
  • In some cases, Medi-Cal can help pay for Medicare premiums.
  • Applications are usually processed in 45 days (90 days for disability applications).

What do I need to apply?

To make your application process easier, please have the following ready:

  • Identification – Driver's license, California ID card, passport, birth certificates, or proof of immigration status
  • Proof of residency – Rent or mortgage receipt or utility bill
  • Proof of income – Pay stubs, Social Security award letter, child support and alimony, unemployment/disability stubs, or veterans benefits
  • Resources – Checking and savings account statements, savings bonds, stock certificates, retirement accounts, vehicle registration

Other questions?

  • Call 211 to connect with community services for food, shelter, job services, child care, senior services, counseling and much, much more. To use the services just dial “211.”
  • For employment services and training, visit our PeninsulaWorks One-Stop Career Centers –
  • For emergency food and to apply for CalFresh (food stamps):

    San Mateo County Food Connection

Based on the Affordable Care Act, significant changes are coming to Medi-Cal that will impact many applicants and recipients. These changes to Medi-Cal eligibility will be effective January 1, 2014.

The information on this page is for reference only. Speak to a staff person for the most up-to-date information.

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