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 www.c4yourself.com. 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: