Public Health Department (PHD)

Indigent Care Program (ICP)

The Indigent Care Program provides medical care for eligible uninsured residents of Santa Barbara County by paying for part of the costs. The ICP is not an insurance program; it is public assistance. Applicants may qualify for one to three months of eligibility based on medical needs and financial circumstances. A Share-of-Cost will be required, depending on monthly income.


What are the requirements for ICP eligibility?


Patients who have completed the Covered California application process, including applying for Medi-Cal,  and are not able to enroll in a Health Plan or may have a qualifying legal exemption to the Individual Mandate will be screened for ICP eligibility based on the following criteria:

  • Eligible medical diagnosis/condition;
  • Current permanent resident of Santa Barbara County, which is based on proof of residency;
  • US citizen or permanent resident alien;
  • Be 21-64 years old; and
  • Meet the financial income and asset limits set for the program.


ICP is not for:

  • Work-related injuries, when covered by Worker’s Compensation;
  • An injury from an auto accident, when covered by auto insurance;
  • Emergency Room care;
  • Those with private health insurance, Medicare and/or who are Medi-Cal eligible; or
  • Full-time students.


For more information please refer to:

ICP Information Guide: [English] [Español]

Benefits and Referral Center - 300 N San Antonio Rd,  Room B100, Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Telephone: (805) 681-5393 * FAX: (805) 681-5424