Question: I am moving to CA this month. (1) When should I apply for health insurance in CA? My family may qualify for Medicaid or other subsidized programs. Would the effective date be the exact date of the move or would I be covered by my Texas plan until I start my CA coverage.
Answer: You must be a California resident to apply, so apply as soon as you have a California address. Apply through Covered California to determine your eligibility for premium assistance or Medi-Cal. Your CA coverage will start on the first of the month following your application.