California Public Health Insurance Programs

Here are the California health insurance programs for low-income residents:

  • Medi-Cal
    Medi-Cal is the Medicaid program in California that provides health insurance for some low-income residents. If you want to learn more about Medi-Cal, visit them online. Eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal coverage can be found here.

  • Healthy Families
    Healthy Families is the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) in California, designed for children under age 19 who do not qualify for Medi-Cal and cannot afford private coverage. To learn more about Healthy Families, visit their website.

  • Major Risk Medical Insurance Program (MRMIP)
    California also offers a high-risk pool (MRMIP) for residents with pre-existing conditions who are unable to find health insurance through a private company. To learn more about this California health insurance program, visit

  • Access For Infants and Mothers (AIM)
    This program provides health insurance coverage for some pregnant women who have no insurance or are underinsured. Visit for more information.

  • Every Woman Counts
    California's Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment Program offers Medicaid coverage to eligible women who are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer. The website for this California health insurance program can be found here.

Some residents in California may also be eligible for the Federal Health Coverage Tax Credit for assistance in purchasing a plan. Visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) online for more information.