Public Program Participation


Kaiser Permanente is Committed to Caring for Low Income People

Quality care and coverage for all who need it.

Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) provides publicly financed health coverage for low-income Americans.

Kaiser Permanente began participating in Medicaid in the 1970s as part of our mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services, and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. Participation in Medicaid also supports the states in which we operate as we care for their neediest citizens. All Kaiser Permanente regions participate in Medicaid.

The Affordable Care Act expanded the number of Americans who are eligible for Medicaid as the program is now based primarily on income. To support the expected growth of the Medicaid population, Kaiser Permanente is focused on:

  • Helping Kaiser Permanente members who lose their commercial health coverage, and who may qualify for Medicaid, transition into Medicaid with Kaiser Permanente so they can retain their Kaiser Permanente physician and health care team
  • Informing non-members who qualify for Medicaid about their options with Kaiser Permanente

To learn more about qualifying and enrolling in Medicaid/Medi-Cal, and to learn how you may be able to receive your care from Kaiser Permanente, please visit or call the Medicaid Assistance Center at 1-877-752-0284 (toll free) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday. TTY users dial 711 (for the hearing/speech impaired).