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Adult Dependent Enrolled in Different Program ?

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Question: I (age 27) make 23K a year and I claim my Mom (age 58, 0 income) as dependent in my tax. Do you know why I am eligible for the plan(silver 94) but my Mom is not ? She was transferred to MediCal.

Answer: That's interesting. It seems that even though you claim your Mom as a dependent, her eligibility was determined on her $0 income rather that yours. Yet your benefit level (Silver 94) is based a 2-person household. In that case, it seems as if they are regarding her as if she were a dependent under the age of 18. Might be worth filing an appeal if your Mom wants off of Medi-Cal.

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Are you sure you have included your mother in your application? I have had applicants with adult dependents (‘dependent relative’ on tax return) and they all got enrolled on the same non Medi-Cal plans.

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