Welcome to the Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Care Options
Governor Jerry Brown Director Jennifer Kent

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This program is administered by the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS).

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HCO Providers and Plans

About Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans

  • Medi-Cal wants you and your family to be healthy and satisfied with your health care.
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans have their own doctors, specialists, clinics, pharmacies, and hospitals.
  • You can choose the doctor or clinic for all your health care needs. Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plans offer special care (physicals, routine tests for adults, and shots for children and babies) that can help you before you get sick.
  • You can go to your primary care doctor first, unless it is an emergency or a family planning visit.
  • The health plan has a Member Services Department or an after hours number that you can call.
  • Eligibility for CalWORKS, Medi-Cal, and Food Stamps
    If you change your health plan or keep the one you have, it does not change your eligibility for other programs.
  • Benefits Identification Card or BIC
    The plastic card sent to everyone who is eligible for Medi-Cal. All Medi-Cal providers use the BIC to check eligibility. Also called "Medi-Cal Card".
  • Direct Access to Women's Health Services
    A woman can go directly to any network provider for women's health care without a referral from another doctor.
  • Medical Second Opinions
    You can request that another doctor or specialist see you before you make decisions about your doctor's plan for your care or surgery.
  • You do not have to ask managed care doctors if they take Medi-Cal patients.

About Medi-Cal Managed Care Dental Plans

No cost to you - No co-payment

  • Medi-Cal wants you and your family to be healthy and satisfied with your dental care.
  • Medi-Cal Managed Care Dental Plans have their own dentists and specialists.
  • You can choose the dentist for your dental care needs.
  • Your dental plan will refer you to a specialist if he/she determines that you need one.
  • There is no charge for specialty dentists when your dentist refers you.
  • Emergencies
    Call your dentist or your dental plan's 24-hour toll-free phone number. The dental plan or dentist will see that you get immediate care, or schedule an appointment if it is not an emergency.
  • Dental Second Opinions
    You can request that another dentist or specialist see you before you make decisions about your dentist's plan for your dental care or surgery.
  • You do not have to ask managed care dentists if they take Medi-Cal patients.