What is Medi-Cal?
Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid health care program. This program pays for a variety of medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources. Medi-Cal is supported by federal and state taxes. You can apply for Medi-Cal benefits regardless of sex, race, religion, color, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or veteran status. If you are found (or determined) eligible, you can get Medi-Cal as long as you continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Medi-Cal is the State of California's Medicaid program, which provides free medical coverage to low-income state residents. Application packets are available at any Family Resource Center. Persons can apply by mail also; they should call ACCESS, toll-free at 866-262-9881.
The ACCESS Customer Service Center is an extension of the County of San Diego Family Resource Centers (FRCs). ACCESS serves residents, providers, and other government agencies with questions or needs related to Family Resource Center programs and services, including providing case management services for existing FRC customers.
ACCESS customer service representatives are experienced eligibility workers that provide assistance via phone, e-mail, and fax. ACCESS hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm, excluding County holidays. Requests submitted via fax or e-mail will be responded to within 3 business days. If you need immediate assistance and cannot wait three business days, please call ACCESS.
Toll-Free: 1-(866) 262-9881
TDD (hearing impaired): (858) 514-6889
Fax: (858) 467-9088
Important Notice for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities on Medi-Cal
Effective June 1, 2011 a change in State regulations requires Seniors (persons age 65 or older) and Persons with Disabilities on Medi-Cal to enroll in a Medi-Cal managed health plan.
Persons who have both Medicare and Medi-Cal (dual eligible) can still choose (voluntary) to enroll. Enrollment will be based on birth month and notification letters will be mailed out 90 days prior to birth month to remind persons of this requirement to enroll. For questions please contact the Healthy San Diego Information line at 619-515-6584 .
Important Notice Regarding Health Insurance
The new federal health care reform law and Assembly Bill 2244 require health insurers to sell health insurance to children with pre-existing conditions, such as asthma and diabetes. The initial open enrollment period for parents to sign their children up for health insurance began on January 1 and will close on March 1, 2011, so it is critical that parents take full advantage of this open enrollment period by signing their children up for coverage now.
No More Denials for "Pre-Existing Conditions"
Due to the new federal health care law, all children must be offered health coverage if they apply. Insurance companies can no longer deny kids coverage because of a "pre-existing condition" like asthma or diabetes.