Medi-Cal Minor Consent is for people under 21 who need medical attention and who live in the home of a parent.

Questions Medi-Cal Minor Consent
Who is eligible? You must be:

  • A minor (under age 21) in need of medical attention
  • Living in the home of a parent

Eligibility is determined on the basis of minors’ income alone.

What services are covered? Medi-Cal Minor Consent covers:

  • Family planning services
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Prenatal care
  • Abortion
  • Treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI)
  • Drug and alcohol abuse treatment

Medi-Cal Minor Consent does not cover primary care or general services. Parenting teens that want regular Full-Scope Medi-Cal are still required to have their parents apply on their behalf.

Does it cover baby? Yes. Infants born to mothers on this program are “deemed” Medi-Cal eligible for 12 months following birth, without the mother having to fill out a separate application.
What does it cost? There is generally no share of cost with this program.
Where can families apply? You can apply:

  • At your local Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) office
  • With a county “Out-stationed” Eligibility Worker (EW) at community health clinics, county health clinics, health fairs, or other community sites

You must re-certify your need for services each month.


What documents are needed to apply? You will be asked to verify your income. Only your income is counted. Pregnant minors do not have to provide proof of pregnancy.
Does immigration status matter? No.

Undocumented youth are eligible for Minor Consent services. Minors do not have to state their citizenship or immigration status.


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