If you didn’t have an employer-sponsored health insurance recently, you might worry about your children’s health very much. But if you live in California, it is a very easy problem. You can apply for the Medi-Cal Program (formerly Healthy Families Program) for your children.
What is California Medi-Cal Program?
California Medi-Cal Program (www.Medi-cal.ca.gov) is a low cost insurance for children and teens, who do not have insurance or do not quality for no-cost Medi-Cal. It offers comprehensive health, dental and vision care coverage through selected insurance plans. And you only need to pay a co-payment of $5 - $15 at the time of services for children’s benefits.
How to apply for California Medi-Cal Program?
First, go to the Medi-Cal Eligibility and Enrollment website to see if your children are qualified for the program. If yes, download a Medi-Cal application and fill out it. Then mail your completed form to the address provided.
Second, visit the website or call 1-800-880-5305 to check your application status often. You will receive a receipt of an application in 7 business day. Within 20 days from the receipt of the application, you will learn whether you are approved.
Finally, if you’re approved, you can enroll in the Medi-Cal Program Remote Payments Online Service and make a one-time payment or set up monthly automatic payments to your Healthy Families account using your credit card.
About the Transition from Healthy Families Program (HFP) To Medi-Cal:
The transition of HFP enrollees to Medi-Cal will simplify eligibility and coverage for children and families while providing additional benefits and lowering costs for children at certain income levels. The State will also gain administrative efficiencies, achieve General Fund savings, and provide a more consistent health plan contracting process while increasing plan accountability for providing high quality services to children.
Learn more from here.