Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health coverage for California residents who meet eligibility requirements. Most applicants who apply through Covered California and enroll in Medi-Cal will receive care through managed health plans. Medi-Cal has always covered low-income children, pregnant women and families. On Jan. 1, 2014, California expanded Medi-Cal eligibility to include low-income adults. When you complete a Covered California application, your eligibility for Medi-Cal will automatically be determined.


You may apply for Medi-Cal online via BenefitsCal, in person at your local offices, via mail, over the phone, or by fax.

The easiest and quickest way to apply for CalWORKs, CalFresh and/or Medi-Cal is online at www.benefitscal.com.

See Medi-Cal brochures for more information on eligibility criteria and requirements.


We cannot refer you to individual providers.  In San Bernardino County you will be required to select a managed care provider such as Molina or the Inland Empire Health Plan as your primary care provider.​

  • If you are entitled to or receiving Medicare, you may be eligible to payment of your Medicare Part A and/or Part B premiums, deductibles, and co-insurance fees by applying for the Medicare Savings Programs,  even if you are not receiving Medi-Cal. The Medicare Savings Programs are:
    • Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB)
    • Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB)
    • Qualifying Individual (QI)
    • Eligibility requirements include property and income limits which may change annually.
  • You can apply for the Medicare Savings Programs online (www.benefitscal.com) or by coming in to one of our local offices.​

You may have a share of cost, similar to a “Co-Payment”, for medical/dental treatment based on your income and family size.  When your provider uses your Benefits Identification Card (BIC) to verify your Medi-Cal eligibility, your provider will know if Medi-Cal will pay for a medical/dental treatment or if you need to make a “Co-Payment” for any treatment. ​

If you did not receive your card, lost your card, your card was stolen, or the card you received in the mail has the wrong information on it, you may call and ask for a Benefit Identification Card (BIC) by contacting the Customer Service Center at 1-877-410-8829.​

Medical, Dental, and Vision services and some prescriptions.​

  • To get Medi-Cal as a disabled person, you must have severe physical and/or mental problem(s) which will:
    • Last at least 12 months in a row and,
    • Stop you from working during those 12 months, OR
    • Possibly result in death.
  • You must prove your disabling physical and/or mental problem(s) with medical records, tests, and other medical findings. The medical problem must be the main reason why you do not work.

If you are pregnant and cannot afford to pay for health care and some dental care, Medi-Cal can help pay for medical expenses for you and your unborn.  Many times you can get Medi-Cal at no cost to you, even if you have income

Covered California is the health insurance market place which serves as a one-stop shop where individuals and families obtain information about health care options. For information go to www.coveredca.com or call 888-975-1142.