Question: I believe I would be eligible for Medi-Cal and so I plan to apply through Covered California. When applying, can I/do I apply for myself separately or do I need to apply along with the rest of my family? I currently live with my parents, who report me as a dependent. I am a 22 years old recent graduate, I am currently unemployed but looking for work. I am not covered under my parent's health plans because of the cost.
Answer: You are eligible for Medi-Cal. Apply through Covered California for yourself alone. You will have to promise to file a tax return in 2017. When you do file your tax return for 2017, you need to check a box on your own tax return to report that you can be claimed as a dependent on somebody else's tax return. Your parents can continue to claim you as a dependent until you earn more than half of your total support for the year or reach age 24.