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.
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.
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
Submit an application for CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, County Medical Services Program (CMSP), or Disaster CalFresh via BenefitsCal by clicking Apply Now from the homepage. Fill out the application as completely as possible to avoid delay in processing your application.
Staff verifies the application submitted is complete and schedules the customer for an interview to obtain appropriate non-financial/financial information and verifications to determine program eligibility.
Staff approves or denies the County based Medi-Cal program within prescribed timeframes.
If ineligible to a County based Medi-Cal program, the customers application will be referred to Covered CA to determine eligibility to other non-County based health coverage.
Customer picks a Covered CA plan, if ineligible to Medi-Cal.