Medi-Cal and CHIP for Kids

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Back-to-school is an important time to talk about health coverage.

Having health insurance is critical for children to thrive at school and in life. Children with health insurance are more likely to complete high school and graduate college compared with their peers who don’t have access to care.

Health coverage for kids benefits everyone. Studies have shown that children with health coverage are less likely to miss school due to illness and are better prepared to learn, meaning fewer missed days of work for parents. Fewer missed school days may also allow kids and teens to stay involved with after-school activities like clubs and sports.

All states* provide comprehensive coverage for children and teens, including:

  • Routine check-ups
  • Immunizations, including COVID-19 vaccines and flu shots
  • Doctor visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Dental care
  • Vision care, including eye exams
  • Inpatient and outpatient hospital care
  • Laboratory and X-ray services
  • Emergency services
  • Mental and behavioral health services (for kids and teens up to age 19)

Enrollment is year-round!

*Some specific benefits may be different from state to state.

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For more information, or to enroll your child, please call our Certified Enrollment Specialists at (619) 255-8228 or use the form above.

Coverage for Your Family



Medi-Cal and CHIP offer free or low-cost health insurance for children and teens up to age 19 in families with low and moderate incomes.

Eligibility is dependent on household size and income and varies by state. In most states, children up to age 19 with family income up to $50,000 per year (for a family of four) may qualify for Medicaid or the CHIP. In many states, family income can be even higher and children can still qualify. Young people up to 21 may be eligible for Medicaid.

Families can enroll in either program at any time throughout the year. Other family members may have to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan through the Marketplace. Many uninsured children may be eligible for coverage, but their parents don’t know it.

Even if you work or have applied for free or low-cost health coverage from your state before and haven’t qualified, you and members of your household may now be eligible. Parents and other adults may qualify for Medicaid as well. And even if you are not eligible, your child may be.

To enroll, you will need:

  • State-issued photo identification
  • Resident alien card (if applicable)
  • Proof of residency, such as a lease agreement or utility bill
  • Latest 1040 IRS tax document
  • Proof of current income

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Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD) accepts a range of payment and insurance plans, including Medi-Cal. In addition, all FHCSD clinics operate on a sliding fee scale. This means the cost of services is based upon income and family size. No patient will be turned away based on an inability to pay. Our staff can also help patients enroll in free or low-cost plans that can help cover the cost of treatment and services.

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