Steps to Medi-Cal



Medi-Cal is California's Medicaid program. This is a public health insurance program that provides free or low cost medical services for children and adults with limited income and resources.

Click to expand each topic below and learn more about the Medi-Cal process.



Are You Eligible?




How to Apply




Verify Eligi




Enroll in a Plan




Start Using Your Benefits​




Medi-Cal currently provides a core set of health benefits, including doctor visits, hospital care, immunization, pregnancy-related services and nursing home care. The Affordable Care Act ensures all Medi-Cal health plans offer what is known as Essential Health Benefits (EHB). These ten comprehensive services include the following categories:

  1. Outpatient (Ambulatory) services
  2. Emergency services
  3. Hospitalization
  4. Maternity and Newborn care
  5. Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, including Behavioral Health Treatment
  6. Prescription Drugs
  7. Programs such as physical and occupational therapy (known as Rehabilitative & Habilitative Services) and devices
  8. Laboratory services
  9. Preventive and wellness services & chronic disease management
  10. Children’s (Pediatric) services, including oral and vision care.

Take a look at the Medi-Cal Health Benefits Chart (PDF) to learn more about the services in each category. For a definition of any of the terms used, please browse the Federal Glossary.

Dental Benefits are available May 1, 2014

Dental benefits for adults 21 and older have been restored by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services**. You can find a Medi-Cal dentist on the Medi-Cal Dental Search Engine. For information on childern's dental service, visit the Medi-Cal Dental website.

The following benefits have now been restored:

  • Exams and x-rays
  • Cleanings
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Fillings
  • Anterior root canals (front teeth)
  • Prefabricated crowns
  • Full dentures
  • Other medically necessary dental services

Medi-Cal Dental adult benefits that will remain in place and do not change as a result of the restoration:

  • Pregnancy-related services
  • Emergency services
  • Services provided to residents of an Intermediate Care Facility/Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Services provided to consumers of the Department of Developmental Services


**Dental and vision services are available with some limitation. Learn more about dental benefits and further clarification by calling
1-800-322-6384 or visit Medi-Cal Dental.

Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Services Benefits

The following mental health benefits are now available through Medi-Cal managed care plans and Medi-Cal fee-for-service:

  • Individual and group mental health evaluation and treatment (psychotherapy)
  • Psychological testing when clinically indicated to evaluate a mental health condition
  • Outpatient services for the purposes of monitoring drug therapy
  • Outpatient laboratory, drugs, supplies and supplements
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • All Specialty mental health services currently provided by County Mental Health Plans will continue to be available.


The following substance use disorder services are now available through Medi-Cal:

  • Voluntary Inpatient Detoxification
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment Services
  • Residential Treatment Services
  • Outpatient Drug Free Services
  • Narcotic Treatment Services

These are all services that Medi-Cal covers today and will continue to cover for current and new enrollees.



Last modified date: 8/28/2019 3:59 PM