Medi-Cal for All


As of January 1, 2024, adults ages 26-49 can get full-scope Medi-Cal. Immigration status doesn’t matter. This update means that people of all ages can get Medi-Cal if they meet other eligibility rules.

If you qualify for and currently have restricted Medi-Cal, you will get a letter in the mail telling you if and when you will get full Medi-Cal.

Do I need to reapply?

You do not need to fill out a new application for full Medi-Cal.

I do not have Medi-Cal yet. How do I apply?

If you did not have active restricted scope Medi-Cal, you can apply for Medi-Cal online by visiting BenefitsCal.com.

What is the difference between restricted Medi-Cal and full Medi-Cal?

Restricted Medi-Cal only covers emergency services.

Full Medi-Cal covers:

  • Doctor visits.
  • Prescribed medications.
  • Vaccines.
  • Mental health care.
  • Substance use care.
  • Vision care/eyeglasses.
  • Dental care.
  • Emergency services.
  • Referrals to specialists.

For information on Alliance benefits, refer to the Member Handbook. You can also call Member Services at 800-700-3874 (TTY: Dial 711). If you need language assistance, we have a special telephone line to get an interpreter who speaks your language at no cost to you. For the Hearing or Speech Assistance Line, call 800-735-2929 (TTY: Dial 711).

If you have questions about your eligibility for benefits, please contact your county’s Medi-Cal enrollment office.

About the contributor:

Maureen Wolff Stiles

Maureen Wolff Stiles works as Digital Communications Content Specialist for the Communications Department at Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance). She works with a variety of the health plan’s experts to strategically tailor informative, engaging materials for members, providers and the communities the Alliance serves. Maureen has been with the Alliance since 2021. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.