CA Health Care Access
There are many public programs to assist Californians in accessing affordable quality health care and affordable quality reproductive health services. The list below is an overview of certain programs and is not all-inclusive. More information about these and other available programs can be found at the California Department of Health Care Services and California Department of Public Health.
- The Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM) program provides low cost health insurance coverage to uninsured, middle income pregnant women. The total cost is 1.5% of the subscriber’s adjusted annual household income. The State of California and the Federal Government supplement the subscriber contribution to cover the full cost of care.
- California developed Family PACT, a publicly-funded, family planning reproductive health clinical services program designed to narrow the gap between insured and uninsured women and men in California.
- The program provides no cost family planning services to low income individuals with no other source of health care coverage.
- The overall goal of Family PACT is to ensure that low-income women and men have access to health information, counseling, and family planning services to reduce the likelihood of unintended pregnancy and to maintain optimal reproductive health.
- Healthy Families is low cost insurance for children and teens. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to children who do not have insurance and do not qualify for free Medi-Cal.
- Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by federal and state taxes.
- An individual can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status.
- The Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP) provides health insurance for Californians unable to obtain coverage in the individual health insurance market because of their pre-existing conditions.
- Californians qualifying for the program participate in the cost of their coverage by paying premiums. The State of California supplements those premiums to cover the cost of care in MRMIP. Tobacco tax funds currently subsidize the MRMIP.
- PCIP offers health coverage to medically-uninsurable individuals who live in California. The program is available for individuals who have not had health coverage in the last 6 months.
- WIC is a federally-funded health and nutrition program for women, infants, and children. WIC helps families by providing checks for buying healthy supplemental foods from WIC-authorized vendors, nutrition education, and help finding healthcare and other community services.
- Participants must meet income guidelines and be pregnant women, new mothers, infants or children under age five.