Congratulations, you’ve turned 18. Even though no te mandas solo, you can vote and you’re still under your parent’s health insurance if you qualify under the Affordable Care Act. But what happens if you’re on your own?
If you receive state health insurance coverage, such as Medi-Cal or Covered California, you can still continue your existing coverage as long as you remain income-eligible. But, if you’re undocumented you’ll lose eligibility for free and affordable health care programs once you turn 19-years-old. Regardless of your status, it’s important to know your rights.
Medi-Cal offers free or low-cost health care services to eligible California residents. Medi-Cal can also be supplemented with other social programs, like CalFresh and CalWorks, to supply low-income individuals and families with healthy food options and cash aid. In some case, you may automatically qualify for these assistance programs if you are Medi-Cal eligible.
If you qualify, you will be able to apply for Medi-Cal programs. If your job doesn’t offer health benefits or you don’t have a job, no worries! You’re still covered!
Some Immigrants can qualify for programs, and it WILL NOT be used against them if they decide to apply for citizenship later on. According to Covered CA, you will not be considered a public charge for applying for health insurance. The only exception is if you receive long-term care in a nursing home or other government paid facilities.
However, you won’t qualify for Medi-Cal if you are an undocumented individual over the age of 19, unless you have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status. There are advocates in California who are looking to expand subsidized health insurance to undocumented adults. They believe that #Health4All is a human right.
With the constant discussions happening in our government about healthcare, you may feel anxious about your coverage changing. But don’t worry, no changes have been made to Medi-Cal, CalFresh or CalWORKs.
It sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! Participating in these programs is your right if you qualify!
Don’t you dare unenroll from these benefits. Make sure that you do enroll so you can receive the health care that you deserve!