Question: I got my green card in April 2010. Can I buy healthcare insurance from Covered California? I heard you have to wait 5 years.
Answer: Yes. Lawful immigrants who have lived in the U.S. for less than five years may participate in Covered California and be eligible for subsidies if income-qualified. But you are still required to be a lawful resident for 5 years to qualify for Medi-Cal.