SCHIP Application Instructions

The California SCHIP office is always open for enrollment. Please choose one of the following ways to apply:

Apply Online

You can apply online by visiting:

Apply by Mail

You can download and print application from here. This link will take you to where you can download the needed application package. This package is available in twelve different languages.

The mailing address for your completed application is:

Healthy Families/Medi-Cal for Children & Pregnant Women
PO Box 138005
Sacramento, CA 95813-8010

Contact Information - Further Help

If you would like to speak with a program representative regarding the program and/or to obtain a list of SCHIP agencies in California kindly call 1-880-5305 weekdays from 8 am to 8 pm or Saturday 8 am to 5 pm.

Or send an email to:

Clicking here will direct you to a California SCHIP Program office near you to further assit you in your application.

Eligibility Requirements

The California SCHIP healthy program only offers affordable insurance for children living in California under the age of 19 and whose family income ranges between 0% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). These families must have been without an employer-sponsored health insurance for a period not less than three months.

Applicants must also be legal citizens or meet the required immigration guidelines. Children born to mothers enrolled in the AIM program are also accommodated in this program. Minors and their siblings without parents qualify on their own; however, guardians and foster parents of such children are exempted from the income guidelines.

Income Guidelines

Family Size Income Level
1 $27,925
2 $37,825
3 $47,725
4 $57,625
5 $67,525
6 $77,425
7 $87,325
8 $97,225

Note: For families with more than eight people, add $9,900 for each member.

Waiting Period

You can join California Healthy Families program anytime but not before a waiting period of three months after coverage from a previous employer-sponsored plan expires.