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Department of Health Care Services

DHCS oversees comprehensive health care, including mental health and drug treatment programs, for about 13 million Californians—nearly one-third of the state's population. Our largest program is Medi-Cal, the backbone of California's health-care safety net.

Department of Health Care Services

AKF Leaving California

The American Kidney Fund (AKF) has announced it is ending financial assistance funds for Californians in need. The following fact sheet includes information on alternative options patients can explore and how to get help with these other health coverage options.

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How Do I...

  • Get help using Medi-Cal? (Necesitas ayuda para
    usar Medi-Cal?)
    Call the Medi-Cal Helpline:
    1-800-541-5555, or
    (916) 636-1980


"myMedi-Cal: How To Get the Health Care You Need" tells you how to apply for Medi-Cal to get no-cost or low-cost health insurance, and what you must do to be eligible for the program.
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