Who can help me with health care coverage?
There are many resources to assist you locally. Public Health staff are trained and certified to answer questions and assist you with your application. Call one of our Health Centers to schedule an appointment:
CARPINTERIA HEALTH CARE CENTER
931 Walnut Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
FRANKLIN HEALTH CARE CENTER
1136 E. Montecito St
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
SANTA BARBARA HEALTH CARE CENTER
345 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
LOMPOC HEALTH CARE CENTER
301 N. R ST
Lompoc, CA 93436
SANTA MARIA HEALTH CARE CENTER
2115 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA 93455
How can I complete an application for health coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California?
There will be a number of ways to complete an application:
- You may come to a Public Health Department Health Care Center where you can receive medical care and complete an application at the same site. Just call one of our 5 Health Centers to schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Enrollment Counselors. See "ASSISTANCE" above for phone numbers and addresses.
- You may complete an application on-line through the Department of Social Servicesor Covered California.
- You may call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506.
PREPARATION FOR COMPLETING AN APPLICATION
What should I bring to the appointment?
There are several documents you should bring to your appointment. They include:
1. Proof of identity, U.S. citizenship, and/or immigration status
Provide one of the following documents to prove both U.S. Citizenship, identity, and date of birth:
Certificate of Naturalization
Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
California Driver's License or ID
Department of State Form DS-1350
Certificate of Child Born Abroad
Department of State Form FS-545 or FS-240
Certificate of Birth Abroad
Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) Form N-550
INS Forms N-570, N-578, N-565, N-560, or N-561
INDV Fee Register Receipt (INS Form G-711)
Documentary evidence issued by a Federally recognized Indian Tribe, as published in the Federal Register by the Bureau of Indian Affairs which identifies the individual by name and confirms the individual's membership, enrollment, or affiliation with a tribe.
Tribal enrollment card
Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood
Tribal census document
Document on Tribal letterhead, issued under the signature of the appropriate Tribal official
2. Proof of Legal Residency status
Provide one of the following documents to prove your immigration status:
Permanent Residency Card (Green Card) (need front and back of card)
Employment Authorization Card (need front and back of card)
3. Proof of California Residency
Evidence the applicant has registered with a public/private employment agency in California
Current California driver's license or identification card
Current and valid California vehicle registration form in the applicant's name
Evidence the applicant is employed in California
Evidence that the applicant has enrolled his/her children in a California school
Evidence that the applicant is receiving public assistance in California
Voter registration form of receipt, card, or an abstract of Voter of registration
Current California utility bill in the applicant's name
Current California rent or mortgage receipt in the applicant's name
Other documents to support Proof of California Residency
4. Proof of Income
You can provide one of the following documents as proof of income:
Most recent paystubs for everyone in your household
Previous year's income tax return
Unemployment award letter/certificate
Social security benefit statement
Worker's compensation award letter
Child support/alimony check stubs
Veteran's benefits check stubs
5. Additional documents to bring along
Social Security Cards for all members of the family
A valid state-issued driver's license
Proof of income for those claimed on taxes, regardless of their need for health insurance
When can I apply for health care coverage?
- You can apply now!
- Applications for Medi-Cal are accepted regularly with no end date.
- Open enrollment for Covered California is November 1 to January 31.
When does open enrollment close?
- Open enrollment closes January 31.
- Call the Public Health Department to schedule an appointment with a Certified Application Counselor today.