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.