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​Medi-Cal Dental Managed Care

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is responsible for providing dental services to eligible Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and offers services through two delivery systems, Dental Fee-For-Service (FFS) and Dental Managed Care (DMC). Dental FFS was the exclusive and original delivery system offered in California’s 58 counties. However, in 1995, pursuant to a state law change, DHCS implemented DMC to explore the effectiveness of DMC as a delivery system of dental services. The DMC delivery model currently operates in two of the state’s 58 counties, Sacramento and Los Angeles. In Sacramento County, DMC enrollment is mandatory, with few exceptions. In Los Angeles County, a beneficiary must opt-in to participate in the DMC program.
The Department contracts with three Geographic Managed Care (GMC) Plans in Sacramento County, and three Prepaid Health Plans (PHP) in Los Angeles County that provide dental services to Medi-Cal beneficiaries. All Medi-Cal DMC plans are licensed by the State of California, Department of Managed Health Care, pursuant to the Knox-Keene Health Care Service Plan Act of 1975. Medi-Cal DMC beneficiaries receive dental services from providers within the plan's provider network. DMC covered dental services are the same services provided under the Dental Fee-for-Service (FFS) Program.
For information or inquires regarding a specific GMC and/or PHP dental plan, please call the Plan's toll-free number listed on the Managed Care Plan Directory webpage. For more information on Medi-Cal Dental Healthcare options, please visit the Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Care Options webpage.

Contracts and All Plan Letters  

Information regarding DMC contracts and All Plan Letters are available on the DMC Contracts and All Plan Letters webpage. 


To view dental performance measure and data reports, please visit the Dental Data Reports webpage.

Consumer Satisfaction Surveys (by Dental Plan) 

Department of Managed Health Care Reports

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Stakeholder Engagement

Last modified on: 8/23/2017 3:08 PM