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Are New Immigrants and Over 65 Eligible?

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Question: I've sponsored my parents for green card through my citizenship. They receive total $3,000 per month for retirement from their native country. They are both 65 and over. I understand there is a 5 years waiting period for Medicare. Would I be able to purchase Covered by California for their health insurance needs?

Answer: Provided they are legal residents of California, immigrants are eligible to apply for health insurance coverage through Covered California regardless of age. They may also be eligible for premium assistance based on their taxable income.

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