California. Unable to click “next” on Medi-Cal application, already eligible through Covered Cal but never received information or confirmation of Medi-Cal coverage. I have multiple questions.

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Tomorrow (12/28) is the deadline for open enrollment through Covered California.

Trivial background info: I have had medi-cal for two years now but I’ve never received care because that particular part of the process has been extremely overwhelming. I have severe depression and anxiety, I just could not figure out how to get a doctor. I was assigned a hospital, could choose my doctor online (Health Net) but it never worked. Regardless, I like the peace of mind knowing that an ER visit is covered. But, I desperately need healthcare.

This year I am even more confused. I applied on Covered California a couple of months ago and I was deemed eligible, medi-cal was supposed to reach out? Send mail? I am too poor for other healthcare options, which I so desperately want because I cannot wrap my mind around medi-Cal.

I’ve been trying to no avail to apply on Dpss (Los Angeles County Public Services) for medi-Cal since CC is confusing. No matter the browser, the computer, I cannot press “next” on the page where I type in my SS number. I press it, the page does a little re-load thing as if I entered the wrong password but there is no notification of why I can’t move forward in the application. I assume this is covid related? Additionally, the Dpss website doesn’t show that I’ve had past applications but I most certainly have. Covered California does show my past applications and eligibility.

I have a couple questions:

I can apply for medi-cal whenever right? I haven’t called because of the holidays.

I want to file my taxes married but separate this year and Covered California says that I will not be eligible for their financial assistance if I do that? Apparently my marriage was not immune to covid like so many, and I honestly don’t know if we’ll divorce but I’d like to file separately so that I have access to future govt. relief. Right now, our refund and covid relief money goes to his bank account that he never let me access. Regardless, my household has changed and he has private insurance he also never signed me onto.

In general I am so lost. I have a monthly income of about $1200 (edit: retirement benefits from a deceased family member, unemployed at the moment) and live with a family member. I am genuinely desperate for medical care, I have a couple of pre-existing conditions that I really shouldn’t neglect but mainly I really need to sort my mental health out. I’m wondering if I should bite the bullet and pay for private insurance because this shit just feels impossible. I am a very low maintenance person, it was my husband who spent my money (and his, much larger income) usually. I let him control our finances which was a very bad idea in retrospect. We both (now just me) live with/take care of my 95 yr old grandma in her home which means we don’t have a mortgage and typically don’t pay for maintenance/general bills. I can definitely swing $200 a month on healthcare.

I am so sorry for the jumbled mess. My life has fallen apart during an already very stressful year (don’t want to kill my grandma with covid) and healthcare has always been a huge point of stress for me. My #1 goal right now is to get a therapist and psychiatrist. I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts my whole life and my husband was diagnosed with bipolar last year after a psychosis. This year has been so difficult, first because of covid of course, but (I think) my husband’s recent decent into mania caused his verbal and emotional abuse. I don’t know. He experienced another psychosis and left the state two weeks ago after being discharged from the psychward. I’m taking care of myself now and one thing is clear, I desperately need help. Thank you so much.

edit: 25 yrs old, $1200 a month, LA county California.

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Tomorrow (12/28) is the deadline for open enrollment through Covered California. Trivial background info: I have had medi-cal for two years now but I’ve never received care because that particular part of the process has been extremely overwhelming. I have severe depression and anxiety, I just could not figure out how to get a doctor. I was assigned a hospital, could choose my doctor online (Health Net) but it never worked. Regardless, I like the peace of mind knowing that an ER visit is covered. But, I desperately need healthcare. This year I am even more confused. I applied on Covered California a couple of months ago and I was deemed eligible, medi-cal was supposed to reach out? Send mail? I am too poor for other healthcare options, which I so desperately want because I cannot wrap my mind around medi-Cal. I’ve been trying to no avail to apply on Dpss (Los Angeles County Public Services) for medi-Cal since CC is confusing. No matter the browser, the computer, I cannot press “next” on the page where I type in my SS number. I press it, the page does a little re-load thing as if I entered the wrong password but there is no notification of why I can’t move forward in the application. I assume this is covid related? Additionally, the Dpss website doesn’t show that I’ve had past applications but I most certainly have. Covered California does show my past applications and eligibility. I have a couple questions: I can apply for medi-cal whenever right? I haven’t called because of the holidays. I want to file my taxes married but separate this year and Covered California says that I will not be eligible for their financial assistance if I do that? Apparently my marriage was not immune to covid like so many, and I honestly don’t know if we’ll divorce but I’d like to file separately so that I have access to future govt. relief. Right now, our refund and covid relief money goes to his bank account that he never let me access. Regardless, my household has changed and he has private insurance he also never signed me onto. In general I am so lost. I have a monthly income of about $1200 (edit: retirement benefits from a deceased family member, unemployed at the moment) and live with a family member. I am genuinely desperate for medical care, I have a couple of pre-existing conditions that I really shouldn’t neglect but mainly I really need to sort my mental health out. I’m wondering if I should bite the bullet and pay for private insurance because this shit just feels impossible. I am a very low maintenance person, it was my husband who spent my money (and his, much larger income) usually. I let him control our finances which was a very bad idea in retrospect. We both (now just me) live with/take care of my 95 yr old grandma in her home which means we don’t have a mortgage and typically don’t pay for maintenance/general bills. I can definitely swing $200 a month on healthcare. I am so sorry for the jumbled mess. My life has fallen apart during an already very stressful year (don’t want to kill my grandma with covid) and healthcare has always been a huge point of stress for me. My #1 goal right now is to get a therapist and psychiatrist. I’ve struggled with suicidal thoughts my whole life and my husband was diagnosed with bipolar last year after a psychosis. This year has been so difficult, first because of covid of course, but (I think) my husband’s recent decent into mania caused his verbal and emotional abuse. I don’t know. He experienced another psychosis and left the state two weeks ago after being discharged from the psychward. I’m taking care of myself now and one thing is clear, I desperately need help. Thank you so much. edit: 25 yrs old, $1200 a month, LA county California.
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