You can apply for Medi-Cal online, by mail, or in person. If you need assistance filling out your application, there are a few options.
Medi-Cal recommends you make an appointment with your county social services office. There are caseworkers that will work with you to ensure the form is filled out properly before you submit it.
They will also help you understand which program you will most likely qualify for, and what documentation you will need to prove your eligibility. Meeting with a caseworker will help you with your application while also helping you prepare for your interview.
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You can also visit the California Department of Health Care Services Website. There you can find answers to frequently asked questions, tips on how to speed up your application process, and a step-by-step guide on how the application process works. For many, questions you may have about the application can be answered here.
The website should be your first stop if you have questions regarding your application. Making an appointment will extend the time it takes to get your application completed and submitted. If you can get your question answered quickly through the website, you can apply faster.
Medi-Cal also created a PDF file with simple and straightforward instructions for filling out your application. This form provides a simple breakdown of the application process and addresses the most common concerns people have when applying.
Finally, there are many social service agencies and non-profits that help people with their Medi-Cal applications. For example, if you are former military or are military family members, you can seek help at your local VA office. They will get you the assistance you need.
If you are applying for Medi-Cal with a disability, you can seek help from organizations like Disability Rights California: California’s Protection & Advocacy System. They work to ensure all people with disabilities get the health care coverage they need. They can help you with your application, assemble your needed documentation, and even provide someone to go to your appeal hearing with you if there is a need for that.
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Many doctors’ offices and clinics also have an individual on staff that can help you apply for the coverage you need for the services you are getting. You can ask your physician, or if you are going to a hospital or clinic, you can ask if there is someone there that can help you. For example, if a minor is seeking a service covered under the minor consent program, the coverage can be applied for at the clinic they go to for help.