Medi-Cal is California’s version of the federal Medicaid health coverage program. Medi-Cal plays an essential role in California’s health care system by ensuring that children and adults with limited income and resources can receive the medical services they need, at little or no cost to them.
Did you know
Since January 2014, Medi-Cal coverage is now available to citizens and legal residents earning up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, including childless adults that were ineligible under the former law? Foster youth are now eligible for coverage until age 26, instead of age 18 (or 21 if they participate in Extended Foster Care). As before, special programs are available to help pregnant women, the terminally ill, those needing long-term care, and the aged, blind, and disabled.
You can submit an application on-line by going directly to My Benefits CalWIN; or visit one of the three offices throughout Santa Barbara County.
You can also call Department of Social Services toll-free telephone number (866) 404-4007. Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
Or you can visit their website for more.
Santa Barbara Office
234 Camino Del Remedio
1100 W. Laurel Ave.
2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
Outstation Sites in the Community
Carpinteria Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tuesday 1pm-4pm
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason Street, Room 12
Second Wednesday of each month
1400 E. Church Street
Every Monday 9am-12pm Every Thursday 1pm-4pm
Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People
545 N. Alisal Road, Suite 102
Eligibility is determined based on the information you provide on your Medi-Cal application and any required verifications. If it is determined that your household is not eligible, then the Department of Social Services can help you pursue other options, such as applying for affordable insurance from Covered California.
For San Luis Obispo County residents, you can submit an application online My Benefits CalWIN; or you can visit the Department of Social Services website.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm
9415 El Camino Real
406 Spring Street
1086 Grand Avenue
681 W. Tefft Street
Additional telephone numbers for residents of Los Osos and Baywood only: (805) 781-1600 (Medi-Cal Intake and Continuing Services)
Additional telephone numbers for residents of Baywood, Cambria, Cayucos, Los Osos, Morrow, Ragged Point & San Simeon: (805) 772-6405
(800) 834-3002 (toll-free to DSS switchboard)
Healthy Kids Plan is ending on June 30, 2016.
The Healthy Kids Plan is ending and a new law is going into effect in May 2016 which will allow children less than 19 years of age to apply for full scope Medi-Cal benefits regardless of their immigration status. To learn more about the Medi-Cal program and what you need to do to apply, please click on the links below:
Important Medi-Cal Application Information - English / Spanish
For frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the transition from Healthy Kids to Medi-Cal, please click your preferred language: English or Spanish.
If you need assistance in applying for Medi-Cal, please click HERE for the names and phone numbers of agencies that can assist you in the application process.