How to Apply for Medi-Cal Program: A Guide for Health Care in California

Looking for information on Medi-Cal application procedures? You can apply personally in the social services office of your county or in a hospital or health clinic where Medi-Cal county eligibility workers are based.

Typically, here are the steps you need to take to apply for the Medi-Cal program:

1. Get a Medi-Cal application.

Contact or visit the social services office of your county to request for sending a Medi-Cal application to your home address. If you have an urgent need or medical emergency, you will have to fill out the form and bring it to the nearest social services office in your county. Inform the office that you are in need of immediate medical attention. Your Medi-Cal application will then be processed as soon as possible.

2. Complete the application form.

Make sure you answer all entries and check out the list of required documents for Medi-Cal applications.

3. Request for a Medi-Cal retroactive coverage.

This step is applicable to if you have unpaid medical bills within 3 months before you apply for Medi-Cal, and you need funding assistance for those bills. If you have paid the bills already, you can ask for reimbursement.

4. Send the completed application form and required documents.

You can do so personally or via mail to the county social services office.

5. Wait for your Medi-Cal application processing to be completed.

It may take a maximum of 45 days to process your application. It may take longer (90 days) if your Medi-Cal application is based on disability.

6. You will receive the results of your application via mail.

The letter will inform you whether your Medi-Cal application is approved or declined. However, if you have not received a feedback about your application after 45 days, contact the county social services office.

If you need more information regarding Medi-Cal applications, call the social services office in your county.

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