Am I eligible to enroll in health care coverage through Covered California?

To get health care through Covered California, you must be:

    A California resident;
    Lawfully present in the United States;[1530]
    Age 18 or older, and
    Not currently incarcerated.[1531]

Based on your household size and income, your family may qualify for financial assistance to help you afford health care. By submitting a Covered California application, you’ll find out exactly what kinds of assistance you can get, and how much.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT IMMIGRATION STATUS: If you have one of these statuses, you may qualify for health coverage through Covered California: lawful permanent resident (“Green Card holder”); lawful temporary resident (“LTR”); asylee or applicant for asylum; refugee; Cuban/Haitian entrant; paroled into the U.S.; conditional entrant granted before 1980; battered spouse, child or parent; victim of trafficking or that person’s spouse, child, sibling, or parent; individual with non-immigrant status (including worker or student visa holders); Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) or applicant for TPS; Deferred Enforced Departure (“DED”); deferred action status; individual granted withholding of deportation/removal; applicant for withholding of deportation/removal; applicant for special immigrant juvenile status; applicant for adjustment to LPR status, with approved visa petition; registry applicant with Employment Authorization Document (EAD); applicant for cancellation of removal or suspension of deportation. Even if your immigration status is not listed above, you may still qualify for health insurance and should still apply! See the Immigration Chapter, PG. 1105, for more information.


  1. 1530

    How to Apply, Covered California,; see also How the Affordable Care Act Impacts Immigrant and Migrant Populations in California, American Civil Liberties Union,

  2. 1531

    At the time of production of this Manual, California Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), was engaged in the process of drafting new rules that would allow for applications prior to some “qualifying life events,” including release from incarceration. But this proposed rule is not currently in effect.