Question: My 82 year old mother is a recent immigrant, no job/income here. Covered CA Cost calculator asks for household income. If she put in 0 income, she's not eligible to CoveredCA but is referred to Medi-Cal, which we know she's not eligible for (5-year rule deeming because of the Affidavit of Support). Is she supposed to put in my income because I sponsored her legal permanent residence?
Answer: Yes. Your mother can apply for Covered California as part of your household. Your household income will determine if your mother is eligible for premium assistance. Because your mom has no income and she lives in your home, she is a dependent for tax purposes.