Question: My mum recently immigrated her, she is 79, and we currently have coverage until end of year through travel. She is a legal California Resident and I wish to apply for covered CA for her. She lives with me, but her income individually is low, at a pension of around $1000 per month. What are the steps to take. Thanks.
Answer: Your mother does not qualify for public health insurance, either Medicare or Medi-Cal. Since she is a legal resident, she does qualify for Covered California coverage regardless of her age. She may be eligible for premium assistance as well. She can apply during open enrollment starting October 1 for coverage effective January 1, 2014.