Qualify for Community Health Care Program
You or your family may qualify if you meet these age requirements:
- Fresno, Kings, or Madera counties: 25 and under
- Other counties in Northern California: 18 and under
You must also:
- Live in a Kaiser Permanente service area.
- Live in a household with an income no more than 3 times the federal poverty level (for example, up to $38,640 for a single person or $79,500 for a family of 4 in 2021).
- Not be eligible for other health coverage like Medi-Cal, Medicare, a job-based health plan, or financial help through Covered California.
You don’t need to be U.S. citizens to qualify for the Community Health Care Program.
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Kaiser Permanente service areas in Northern California
You must live in a Kaiser Permanente service area to qualify for the Community Health Care Program. Explore our service areas below.
Please note: the program is open in all Kaiser Permanente Northern California service areas except Santa Cruz county.
We review each member’s eligibility for the Community Health Care Program by regularly sending you a form to confirm household income and other information. If you no longer meet the eligibility requirements, you will be disenrolled from Kaiser Permanente’s Community Health Care Program. You will remain enrolled in the Platinum 90 – HMO plan, but you’ll have to pay the full monthly premiums and out-of-pocket cost unless you ask us to end your membership or until you fail to pay the full premium.
Other Kaiser Permanente coverage options
If you do not meet the requirements for the Community Health Care Program, financial help from the government could help you get affordable health coverage for you and your family. Other Kaiser Permanente health coverage options include:
Medi-Cal coverage is provided to all low income children under the age of 19, regardless of immigration status. Medi-Cal coverage offers a comprehensive set of benefits for children comparable to those available to Community Health Care Program members.
If your family’s total annual household income is less than 267% of the federal poverty level or $70,490 for a family of 4 per 2021 guidelines, you and your family may be eligible for Medi-Cal.
Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.
Please note: Young adults 25 and under — including noncitizens — now qualify for Medi-Cal. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal are not eligible for CHCP.
Health insurance plans from Covered California
You can buy health care coverage on California’s health benefit exchange, Covered California. Covered California has Kaiser Permanente plans as well as other health plans for purchase. If you meet certain income guidelines and other requirements, you may be able to get help paying for premiums and copays, but only if you purchase coverage through Covered California’s website.
Click here to see which Kaiser Permanente plan fits your income and needs, or you can call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506 (English), 1-888-889-4500 (TTY), or 1-800-300-1533 (Chinese).
A range of other plans are available
If you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal or Covered California plans, we offer plenty of other choices to help you find the best plan for your family. Click here to find out which Kaiser Permanente Individual & Family Plan best fits your needs. You can also call us at 1-800-488-3590, or 711 (TTY). Please note, you will have to pay a monthly premium for these plans.
*Continued eligibility for the Community Health Care Program is not guaranteed. We reserve the right to close enrollment or change the CHCP eligibility rules at any time. If you are approved for CHCP, the subsidy period is limited and we will contact you in the future to confirm that you still qualify.