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Student Visas, Can We Get Covered CA?

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Question: I have lived in CA with student visa (F1) and earned a small amount a year. I wanted to enroll Covered CA but my case was tranferred to Medi-Cal that I was not qualified because of my visa. How can I enroll Covered CA with a low income?

Answer: H-1B, F-1 and J-1 visa holders who are on work visas, student visas and exchange programs who have been in the country for less than five years are eligible to buy insurance through Covered California or directly from one of the insurance companies in the California individual market. Even if you work and pay taxes in the US, you are not considered a legal resident by the IRS, so you cannot cash in on government programs like Medi-Cal or Obamacare subsidies.

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