Public Health Department (PHD)

closed on 12/31/13

This is good news because new and better healthcare coverage options are now available!


If you need assistance covering medical expenses:


Please contact the one of the county healthcare centers listed below. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm.



Health Care Center

301 N. "R" Street
Lompoc, CA 93436

Santa Barbara
Health Care Center

345 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Santa Maria
Health Care Center

2115 S. Centerpointe Pkwy
Santa Maria, CA 93455



Covered California is where you can apply or just get information about Medi-Cal or private insurance plans.

Ask questions, research, and enroll online at


If you need assistance with pending claims or applications for MIA please call the Benefits and Referral Center (BRC). Some BRC staff are available to assist providers and patients with pending MIA issues. Please call 805-681-5390 to leave a message. 


 Why MIA closed:

Most individuals previously eligible for MIA now qualify for full-scope medical coverage through Medi-Cal or through a discounted private insurance plans available from Covered California.


The Public Health Department provides potential funding for necessary health care for uninsured adults with serious medical conditions. Individuals receiving care at a Santa Barbara County healthcare center can be screened for this program after completing the Covered CA enrollment process.


Applicants must live in Santa Barbara County, be between the ages of 21 and 64 and not qualify for Medi-Cal, must have an exemption to the Individual Mandate to be considered. The applicant must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien and cannot be a fulltime student. This is not an insurance program. The applicant must be ill or injured in order to apply.


For more information please contact:

County of Santa Barbara Public Health Department

Benefits and Referral Center

300 N. San Antonio Rd., Rm#B100

Santa Barbara, CA. 93110

Phone: (805) 681-5390 Fax: (805) 681-5424