CenCal Health is the Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plan for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties for low income residents. Once a resident is granted Medi-Cal, they are automatically inscribed (enrolled) into the CenCal Health Plan. New Members receive a Welcome Packet that provides a Member Handbook also known as an Evidence of Coverage that explains the benefits available to members along with a listing of doctors, specialty providers, hospitals, pharmacies available to members of CenCal Health.
Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid), is a publicly-funded health care program for the low income residents. CenCal Health is a public entity that is governed by a 13 member Board of Directors appointed by the Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo county boards of supervisors.
Medi-Cal ensures that children and adults with limited income and resources can receive medical, mental and behavioral health services at little or no cost.
This low income program includes:
- Families with children
- Foster care children
- Pregnant women
- Childless adults
- Persons with disabilities
CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Plan is your Managed Care Health Plan. Since starting in 1983, CenCal Health has created access to high quality health care for its members by contracting with many local doctors, specialists and hospitals in both counties.
As a CenCal Health Member, you are able to choose a Primary Care Doctor that will help coordinate your medical care needs. CenCal Health provides medical, mental and behavioral health services. If you have a question about these services, please call our Member Service Department at (877) 814-1861 or CA Relay 711 for the hearing impaired. To view what benefits and services are available to you as a CenCal Health member, view the following link: Your Benefits/ Member Handbook
Medi-Cal Enrollment is year-round.
• By mail
Download the application from the California Department of Health Care Services, www.dhcs.ca.gov.
Send your completed and signed application to your local County Department of Social Services office. See locations and addresses below.
• Online through Covered California
www.CoveredCA.com. Then, your local CountyDepartment of Social Services office will process your application and notify you.
• Online through MyBenefits CalWIN
www.mybenefitscalwin.org. Then, your localCounty Department of Social Services office will process your application and notify you.
• In person
at the nearest local CountyDepartment of Social Services office. They will help you complete your application. See locations and addresses below.
Once you have Medi-Cal, call CenCal Health’s Member Services Department at 1-877-814-1861. Representatives are available Monday to Friday: 8 am to 5 pm.
CenCal Health is the local health plan that administers benefits to Medi-Cal members who live in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. CenCal Health does not determine Medi-Cal eligibility; the Department of Social Services determines eligibility.
Local County Department of Social Services Offices:
Santa Barbara County offices:
234 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110 | (805) 681-4401
2125 S. Centerpointe Parkway
Santa Maria, CA 93455 | (805) 346-7135
1444 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454 I (805) 614-1300
1100 W. Laurel Ave
Lompoc, CA 93436 | (805) 737-7080
Residents may also call the Santa Barbara CountyDepartment of Social Services at (844) 289-4682.
406 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446 | (805) 237-3110
9415 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422 | (805) 461-6000
600 Quintana Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442 | (805) 772-6405
681 West Tefft Street Suite 1
Nipomo, CA 93444 | (805) 931-1800
1086 East Grand Avenue
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 | (805) 474-2000
San Luis Obispo
3433 South Higuera
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 | (805) 781-1600