Q How long must a person live in California before being considered a legal California resident?+
If you pay and file taxes in the state of California, you qualify as a legal resident. Please note however that for Medi-Cal eligibility, exceptions may apply. Please contact a Family Health Centers of San Diego Certified Enrollment Counselor at (619) 515-2363 for more information.
Q When can I expect to hear from a Certified Enrollment Counselor after I contact them?+
Patients can expect a call back within 48 hours.
Q What languages are offered through the enrollment process?+
English and Spanish
Q For enrollment purposes in Covered California and Medi-Cal, do “spouses” include same-sex marriages and/or domestic partnerships?+
Medi-Cal and Covered California consider same-sex partners as spouses for enrollment purposes.
Appointments & Visits
Q What constitutes “preventative care?”+
Preventative care is defined as routine physicals, screenings (for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases, breast cancer, anemia, cholesterol, etc.), immunizations and chronic disease management (e.g. diabetes, asthma).
Q How much does Covered California insurance cost?+
Q Can I keep my doctor if I enroll in a Covered California plan?+
FHCSD Certified Enrollment Counselors can assist you in determining whether your doctor accepts a Covered California plan.
Q How is Medi-Cal similar to private insurance?+
Much like private insurance, Medi-Cal is comprehensive health coverage that provides access to a primary care provider, outpatient and inpatient services, dental and vision care and a wealth of other health care services.
Glossary Of Health Care Terms
Pre-existing condition: a health or medical condition recognized by your health plan prior to receiving insurance
Lifetime or annual limits: a monetary limit on the services paid for by an insurer under his or her policy
Federal Poverty Level (FPL): the minimum amount of combined income a family or individual needs for clothing, food, transportation, housing and other basic necessities as determined by the federal government
Deductible: a specified amount of money that you must pay before an insurance company will pay an insurance claim
Out-of-pocket expenses: expenses paid with your own money instead of an insurance company’s
Life-changing event: an event or experience that changes a person’s life or circumstances in a substantial way (e.g. having a child, getting married, death of a loved one)