Medi-Cal is no or low cost health care coverage for California residents with limited income and resources.  The program is California’s version of the Federal Medicaid program and is funded by state and federal tax revenue.  Medi-cal provides health coverage for children, pregnant women, families, the elderly, blind, and disabled. 

Medi-Cal may pay for certain expenses of pre-natal, dental, vision, and nursing home care as well as physical therapy, pharmacy services, emergency medical transportation and other medical expenses.

Individuals may be automatically eligible for Medi-Cal benefits if they receive cash assistance from one of the following programs:  (A separate Medi-Cal application is not required)

  • Supplemental Security Income/State Supplemental Program (SSI/SSP)
  • California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs)
  • Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA)
  • Foster Care
  • Adoption Assistance Program
  • Kin-GAP


Others who may be eligible are those who are:


Additional Resources


Riverside County contracts with two managed care providers which provide Medi-Cal recipients with different healthcare options which provide access to local healthcare providers and plans:


A parent or caretaker relative of a child under the age 21 who meets the definition of a “deprived child” by any of the following:

  • The parent(s) is deceased or absent from the home.
  • The parent(s) is disabled or incapacitated (unable to work or care for the child).
  • The parent(s) is employed less than 100 hours per month.
  • The parent(s) has earnings at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level

*Riverside County HealthCare Program (RCHC) is for individuals who do not meet the above criteria.


Certain specific health care needs may also make individuals eligible for Medi-Cal benefits: