People with various immigration statuses, and in some cases without any immigration status, qualify for Medi-Cal in California. California provides Medi-Cal health insurance through state funds to many California residents that would not qualify for the federal Medicaid program.

When considering applying for immigration status, many noncitizens worry that using Medi-Cal in California will harm their chances of getting a new immigration status. This is because of the “public charge” immigration law that penalizes people the federal government believes will be dependent on it for certain services and support. However, state-funded Medi-Cal does not cause a public charge problem. This resource includes some common questions and answers about using Medi-Cal in California and public charge.