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Medi-Cal Expansion

Lawmakers recently approved legislation to expand Medi-Cal coverage to more than 1 million Californians under federal health reform. The new law allows California to expand its Medi-Cal health coverage program to all people who have incomes at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL). This equals an annual income of $16,395 for an individual and $33,534 for a family of four. Starting January 1, 2014, those newly eligible for Medi-Cal can join Kern Family Health Care or Health Net for Medi-Cal in Kern County.

Medi-Cal health coverage provides:

  • Doctor visits

  • Prescription drugs

  • Hospital care

  • Alcohol/drug abuse services*

  • Vision care

  • Mental health services*

  • Care during and after your pregnancy

  • Preventive health care

  • Emergency room care

  • Shots (immunizations), and more

*Kern Family Health Care will help you get these services.

How to apply for Medi-Cal?

  • By phone. Call the Kern County Department of Human Services
    at 877-410-8812 to see if you qualify for Medi-Cal.

  • Online. Visit C4Yourself at C4Yourself is an online application system that allows you to apply for benefits. This is a secure site, and all your information will be private and safe.

  • In person. Talk to your doctor or clinic or visit the Family Resource Center in your community. Many of these offices have staff available who can help you apply.

2016 Medi-Cal Federal Poverty Guidelines for Kern County

Of the approximately 141,000* uninsured in Kern County, more than 45,000** may be eligible for Medi-Cal Expansion.

*The 141,000 total uninsured in Kern County is according to 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) data.

**The 45,000 eligible for Medi-Cal Expansion in Kern County is according to 2009 CHIS data.

See the chart below which shows more information about the federal poverty level: