I sponsored my parents for Green Card and they recently became permanent resident. They are in their 70s. Are they eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or Medical-cal? If not, which insurance would you recommend to purchase for them?
- Blue Cross Blue Shield H1B4FriendThey wont get any benefits until they become citizens. Marketplace is your best bet
- Seems medi-cal if they have really low income
"8. Can green card holders, including those who have lived legally in the US for fewer than 5 years, enroll in Medi-Cal?
Yes. A lawful permanent resident (green card holder) is eligible for Medi-Cal regardless of their date of entry if they meet all other eligibility requirements. Under current Medi-Cal policy, eligible green card holders get full scope Medi-Cal in California even if they have been in the United States for less than 5 years. "
- No relatively recent (1.5 y) permanent resident. I went to the CA marketplace assuming I'd have to buy coverage, but after going through the questionnaire was told she was going to be enrolled in medi-cal. Received the paperwork, selected PCP and got the card that she is enrolled. This was just before the holidays.Feb 101
- Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. Basically it’s healthcare for the poor. At the end of the day, you want a plan that will give you access to the best providers and have an insurance plan that will run the necessary tests, labs without you having to fight a war to get approved.
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