Health care — including coronavirus care and testing — should be affordable for all Californians.

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COVID-19 coverage for all Californians

If you have COVID-19 symptoms or think you were exposed to it, testing is free for you. In all other circumstances, you may have a co-pay.

Medicare and Medicare Advantage Plans provide free COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody tests. For the uninsured, the government pays for all necessary COVID-19 testing and care.

If you don’t have or recently lost health care coverage, you can get covered. See the Health Care Coverage Options Factsheet (PDF) to find out how.

Local community health centers are also available for the uninsured. These centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive services for underserved and vulnerable populations.

Pandemic crisis care in hospitals

California is experiencing a huge surge in COVID-19 cases. This strains staffing and other hospital resources. CDPH has outlined steps hospitals can take to prepare. Read more in the California Crisis Care Continuum Guidelines.

CDPH has issued a Public Health Order for regions under the Regional Stay at Home Order. In regions that have 0% ICU availability, and 10% or less ICU availability in a county, hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers are required to:

  • Delay certain elective surgical procedures
  • Accept patients from hospitals in crisis, regardless of the patient’s insurance status or ability to pay

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