Question of the Week: Education Series

Medi-Cal Eligibility When Attending School Out of State

Q: Does a foster youth retain eligibility for Medi-Cal if they attend an out-of-state college?

A: The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) recently issued guidance around Medi-Cal residency requirements for students either from out-of-state who attend California schools or California residents who attend out-of-state schools.  If otherwise eligible, those students who come to California to attend school may apply for Medi-Cal (all other eligibility rules apply).  Similarly, Medi-Cal beneficiaries who leave California to attend school can continue their Medi-Cal eligibility assuming they are still otherwise eligible.   These beneficiaries may also apply for Medicaid in the state in which they attend school.

DHCS ACWDL 15-23

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