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What health care can immigrants get?

Many low-income legal immigrants can get regular Medi-Cal or Healthy Families. Undocumented immigrants can get restricted Medi-Cal for emergency situations.

Who qualifies for Medi-Cal?

You may be eligible for Medi-Cal if:

  • You are low-income
  • You are a child, a parent, pregnant, elderly, a person with disabilities or a relative caring for a child
  • You live in California and plan to stay; and
  • You are in the U.S. legally or a lawful permanent resident.

For more information please read Immigrants and Health Care.

What if I am an undocumented immigrant?

You may still be eligible for restricted Medi-Cal. Restricted Medi-Cal will cover emergency situations, health care for pregnant women, kidney dialysis, nursing home care and treatment for breast and cervical cancer.

You may be eligible for Medi-Cal if:

  • You are low-income
  • You are a child, parent, person with a disability or elderly, and
  • You live in California and plan to stay.

Immigration status does not matter for restricted Medi-Cal.

Will it hurt my sponsor if I get Medi-Cal?

It depends. Some examples of when your sponsor does not have to repay your health expenses include:

  • When you get services before having your green card
  • In an emergency situation
  • If you get treatment for a contagious disease
  • If you and your family members have worked 40 quarters or more and
  • For any services you receive after becoming a U.S. citizen.

There are other situations where your sponsor will not be responsible for health services that you receive. For additional information please read Will it hurt my sponsor if I get healthcare? and contact one of our local Health Consumer Centers.

Should I worry about public charge?

Most immigrants can get health care without hurting their immigration status. This includes getting Medi-Cal and Healthy Families. However, immigrants who need nursing home or mental health services should contact the Health Consumer Center before receiving health benefits. For additional information please read Should I worry about public charge? and contact one of our local Health Consumer Centers.

Know your rights

Whether or not you are a citizen, it is important that you and your family know your rights. The following brochures will describe what rights you have and what you should do if you are contacted by the police.

Health care for immigrants brochures

The Health Consumer Alliance has these materials to help you. Click on the link to find the brochures translated into 14 languages:
Brochures

Issue Briefs

Where can I get more help?

For more detailed information on Medi-Cal for Children or Healthy Families, please review our advocate issue briefs. You can also visit the Medi-Cal website or visit the Healthy Families website.

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