Department of Social Services

Medi-Cal

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. 

Eligibility has been expanded. You might qualify under current rules, even if you didn't qualify before:
  • 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. 
  • Since January 2014, foster youth are now eligible for coverage until age 26, instead of age 18 or 21. See this flyer for more information.
  • Starting May 2016, children under age 19 are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status, as long as the household meets the income standards. Learn more here.
  • As before, special programs are available to help pregnant women, the terminally ill, those needing long-term care, and the aged, blind, and disabled.

How can I apply? You can submit an application online; visit one of our three offices (shown below); or call our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007). We determine eligibility based on the information you provide on your Medi-Cal application and any required verifications. If we determine that your household is not eligible, then we can help you pursue other options, such as applying for affordable insurance from Covered California.

Did you know? Many of the people who qualify for Medi-Cal, can also qualify for CalFresh benefits. CalFresh helps eligible households buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutrition. For more information, visit our CalFresh page. 
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Social Services Office Locations

City Location    Days/Hours
Santa Barbara 234 Camino del Remedio
805-681-4401
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lompoc 1100 W. Laurel Ave.
805-737-7080
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Santa Maria 2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy.
805-346-7135
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Outstation Sites in the Community

Location    Days/Hours For info, call:
Carpinteria:
Carpinteria Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tues
9am-3pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason Street, Room 12
Every Weds
9:00am-2:00pm
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Barbara:
PATH/Casa Esperanza
816 Cacique St.
Every Weds
9:30-11am
DSS Santa Barbara
805-681-4401
Santa Maria:
Marian Hospital
1400 E. Church Street
Mon 9am-12pm
Thurs 1pm-4pm
DSS Santa Maria
805-346-7135
Solvang:
People Helping People
545 N. Alisal Road, Suite 102
Every other Tues 9am-12pm DSS Lompoc
805-737-7135
New Cuyama:
Family Resource Center
4689 Highway 166, Unit B
Call for appointment:
(661) 766-2369
DSS Lompoc
805-737-7135

 

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WHAT CLIENTS SAY...


I want to tell you how much I appreciate you helping me fill out the Medi-Cal papers for my friend. I am 81 years of age, and it's hard for me to do this kind of work. My friend is 96 with no one to help her, so I try to do the best I can. You are such a blessing to me.
-A Client


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