Healthy Families FAQ

  1. Who is eligible for Healthy Families?
    • Children under the age of 19
    • Uninsured children with no employer-sponsored health insurance in the last three months
    • California resident
    • Not eligible for or enrolled in no-cost Medi-Cal
    • Children must meet citizenship or immigration rules
    • A families income must be greater than 100% and up to 250% of Federal Income Guidelines
  2. What is the premium cost for Healthy Families?
    • Families pay $4 - $24 premium per child
    • Maximum premium of $72 per family
  3. What if my child doesn't qualify for Healthy Families? Is there other health coverage I can get?
    • If your income is below the limit for Healthy Families, you may qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. You can let Healthy Families send your application to the county office near you to find out if you qualify for Medi-Cal.
    • If your income is above the limit for Healthy Families, there may be other programs you can use. Call 1-800-880-5305 for more information. The call is free.
  4. Does my child have to be a U.S. citizen to join Healthy Families?
    No. Children joining Healthy Families must be one of these:
  5. I don't speak English. Can I get information in my own language?

    For information on Healthy Families. Information is available in several languages besides English. Call 1-800-880-5305 (the call is free) to ask for information in any of these languages:
  6. Do I apply just once, or do I have to re-apply every year?

    Once a year Healthy Families will make sure your children still qualify for (can be members of) the program. This is called the Annual Eligibility Review (AER). If you still qualify, you can stay in Healthy Families for at least another year, until the next AER.

    To learn more, see Annual Eligibility Review.
  7. Can I sign up my newborn baby?

    Yes. You may apply as early as three months before the baby is due. Read If you are pregnant for more information.

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