Need affordable insurance? We’re here for you.

Are you experiencing job loss/reduced hours and income changes due to Covid-19? If so, we’re here for you. We can help you apply or report changes in income to Medi-Cal, CalFresh or Covered California.

As a certified enrollment entity, NCHS can assist you in finding the right plan, help you fill out the application and answer any questions for FREE. You do not need to be a patient at NCHS to meet with our team of Program & Resource Specialists and discuss your options. Call 760-736-6734 today to schedule an appointment.

The Benefits of Choosing NCHS as Your Healthcare Provider

Although you don’t need to be a patient of NCHS to utilize our health insurance enrollment services, we would love to serve you in our offices in any capacity. Whether you’re looking for a new primary care physician, need a specialist to help with a medical concern, or need to visit a dentist or chiropractor for their services, NCHS can help. You will experience a number of benefits when you choose NCHS as your healthcare provider, but the most significant are the high-quality care and the large network of doctors and specialists we have. 

NCHS San Marcos Health Center Resource Center Hours:

Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm


Our Program & Resource Specialists are here to help you with:

  • New Application for Medi-Cal, CoveredCA, CalFresh (food stamps)
  • Renewal Application for Medi-Cal, CoveredCA, CalFresh (food stamps)
  • Report a Change for Medi-Cal, CoveredCA, CalFresh (food stamps)
  • Troubleshoot of an existing application
  • PCP Switch
  • SDG&E CARE Program


Medi-Cal is a program that offers free or low-cost health coverage for low-income adults, families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, pregnant women, children in foster care and former foster youth up to age 26. Medi-Cal’s enrollment is year-round. Our team will help enroll in a program that’s right for you and/or your family. Your counselor will also make sure you’re properly enrolled and that you know how to use your benefits.

Documents needed for application:

  • Birth Certificate (or USA Passport, Naturalization Certificate or Permanent Resident Card)
  • Social Security Cards
  • Income Verification – Income tax return, 3 most recent pay stubs or letter from employer (Letter must state how much the applicant/spouse earns and how often. Must also include, employer name, address, date, and signature)
  • Proof of child support received (letter or statement)
  • Proof of California Residency (Water/ Electric bill, CA ID or Driver’s License).

Process of Applying for Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal is income-based affordable health insurance in California. While anyone who meets the income requirements can apply, there are also other individuals who qualify based on other factors. Those over 65, anyone who is blind or disabled, children under the age of 21, pregnant women, those in nursing homes, anyone in foster care, and others are also eligible for Medi-Cal. You can apply in person, by mail, by phone, or online, or you can visit an NCHS resource center to have our program specialists assist you in the application process. After you apply, you’ll get a notification of likely eligibility from Medi-Cal. Your county office may contact you if they need additional information to process your application, after which you will receive a final notice of action. This letter will give you the final decision regarding your approval. You will then receive your Benefits Identification Card (BIC) in the mail, which allows you to begin using your Medi-Cal benefits.



Health Insurance Enrollment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What enrollments can NCHS help me with?

NCHS can assist you in enrolling in affordable health insurance in California, including Medi-Cal and CoveredCA. We can also help you apply for CalFresh, which is California’s food stamps program. We can also help you troubleshoot an existing application or change primary care providers on your current affordable health insurance in California. If you believe you qualify for San Diego Gas & Electric’s CARE program, we can also help with that application process.

When can I enroll in Medi-Cal, CoveredCA, or CalFresh?

All three programs have open enrollment, meaning you can apply at any time. 

How long does the application and approval process take?

Your application can be completed, in most cases, in one meeting with our specialists. The approval process takes about 45 days, on average.

Can NCHS help me renew an application or report a change to these programs?

Yes! If you need to renew an application or report a change to Medi-Cal, CoveredCA, or CalFresh (food stamps), we can help you do so.

What benefits does Medi-Cal cover?

The majority of essential services will be covered by your affordable health insurance in California. These include outpatient and emergency services, hospitalizations, pregnancy and newborn care, mental health and substance use disorder services, prescription medications, physical and occupational therapy, laboratory services, wellness care, dental care, and pediatric care.