Despite the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) future, the law is still intact including the fines for individuals who do not have insurance by the January 31st deadline. Also still intact, is a recent California law that was passed in May 2016 (Health 4 All Kids) that expands Medi-Cal to all children under the age of 19 regardless of immigration status.
We believe that no one, regardless of their immigration status, should be without healthcare coverage. Although currently coverage for undocumented families is limited, there are some options available today.
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR DACA RECIPIENTS:
- In California, DACA recipients may be eligible for full scope Medi-Cal, based on income.
- In California, full-scope Medi-Cal is expanding to ALL low-income children (up to 19 years of age), regardless of their immigration status.
- Enroll in full scope Medi-Cal in person at your local county office. Call 1-866-262-9881 to make an appointment or click here to enroll online.
HEALTH CARE OPTIONS FOR UNDOCUMENTED INDIVIDUALS:
- In California, undocumented individuals may be eligible for Limited/Emergency Medi-Cal, based on income.
- Enroll in Limited/Emergency Medi-Cal in person at a local county office or enroll at a county hospital after receiving emergency care services.
MEDI-CAL FOR UNDOCUMENTED CHILDREN UNDER 19 YEARS OF AGE:
- On May 16, 2016, all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, will be able to enroll in health coverage and get care. For more information about how to enroll click here.
Note: Undocumented families and those who have the DACA status are not covered under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Covered California and therefore they are exempt from the mandate.
Do not be afraid of accessing the medical options that are available to immigrants. Immigrants are lawfully permitted to receive Medi-Cal in California, and may safely benefit from the services.