File a Complaint or Appeal

contact membersCenCal Health values your satisfaction. This means we want to know when you believe the quality of care or services you received did not meet your expectations. Member Satisfaction is measured in several ways and one of them is needing to hear from you if you are not happy with the care or service provided by your provider or Health Plan.

Within the Member Grievance System, CenCal Health staff assist members with the filing of complaints and appeals (disagreement with the Plan’s decisions), to ensure members' rights are protected and their right to grieve is provided without retaliation or discrimination.

How to File a Complaint

If you have a complaint about a doctor’s medical treatment, care or access to care or services, our first priority is to place you in a situation where you are comfortable with the care you are receiving. If this happens, a Member Services Representative can help you choose a new doctor. You may file a complaint verbally at (877) 814-1861, in writing or through this website at the following link: On-Line Grievance Form (Versión en Español).

For filing by mail, please send your complaint to the address below:

CenCal Health
Attention: Grievance Coordinator
4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

To Fax, please send your complaint to:

CenCal Health, Attention: “Grievance Coordinator” at (805) 692-1684.

You must file this complaint within 180 days (6 months) from the date of the incident that caused you to be dissatisfied. Your concern will be reviewed by the appropriate Plan staff which includes a physician reviewer when a clinical issue such as quality of care is your concern. You will be notified when the review is completed no later than 30 calendar days from your complaint.

How to File an Appeal

If CenCal Health has denied you a requested service and you disagree with this decision, you may file an appeal verbally, by calling our Member Services Department at (877) 814-1861, in writing or through our website within 90 days (3 months) from the date of the decision. 

The Health Plan’s review will be conducted by a physician reviewer who was not involved in the original decision. Your appeal will be completed no later than 30 calendar days from the date you filed your appeal. You may file an appeal verbally at (877) 814-1861, in writing or through this website at the following link: On-Line Grievance Form (Versión en Español).

For filing by mail, please send your appeal to the address below:

CenCal Health
Attention: Grievance Coordinator
4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

To Fax, please send your complaint to:

CenCal Health, Attention: “Grievance Coordinator” at (805) 692-1684.

How To File An Expedited Appeal

If you feel that CenCal Health denied you a requested service that poses an urgent or serious threat to your health, you may ask for an expedited (faster) appeal by calling a Member Services Representative at (877) 814-1861.

An urgent or serious threat means you believe your life is at risk, you may lose a limb or have serious impairment to bodily function or will be experiencing severe pain.