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How do I register my baby in the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program?

Note: Babies are automatically eligible for the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program unless they are enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance or no-cost Medi-Cal.

The Medi-Cal Access Program will mail you an Infant Registration Form 30 days before your expected due date. The Infant Registration Form asks for the following information:

  1. First, middle, and last name of your baby
  2. Date of birth
  3. Gender (sex)
  4. Weight at birth

Complete the Infant Registration Form and send it to the Medi-Cal Access Program within 30 days after your delivery. Send this information to the Medi-Cal Access Program at the address printed on the form. If you do not receive the Infant registration Form, call 1-800-433-2611. The Infant Registration Form is also in the Medi-Cal Access Program Handbook. After your baby is registered, the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program will bill you for your baby’s monthly premium if your baby has a monthly premium. Your baby’s coverage will not begin until the Medi-Cal Access Program receives the required information.

When does my baby’s Medi-Cal Access Infant Program coverage start?

Once the Medi-Cal Access Program receives the Infant Registration Form and your baby is registered, your baby’s health coverage begins as of their date of birth. The infant’s coverage continues until the first birthday based on mother’s Medi-Cal Access Program eligibility and infant’s second year of coverage can continue if the family income continues to qualify.

What health plan will my baby be in?

Your baby will get their care through Medi-Cal health care delivery system. Once you deliver, your baby’s health, dental, and vision care coverage will be provided by DHCS through its Medi-Cal providers and managed care plans. Your newborn baby will receive medical and vision services through a Medi-Cal Health Plan and dental services through the Medi-Cal Dental Program. You will receive a notice in the mail about how your child will receive these services after you have registered your infant.

What if I don’t need coverage for my baby through the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program?

Even if you don’t need the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program for your baby, you still must notify the Medi-Cal Access Program about the outcome of your pregnancy by completing the Infant Registration Form and checking the box "I do not want to register my Infant into the Medi-Cal Access Infant Program". You need to notify the Medi-Cal Access Program within 30 days from the end of your pregnancy. Read more here.