​​​​​​​​​​Medi-Cal Dental Managed Care 

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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.
For information regarding the Dental Managed Care Directed Payment program, please visit the Directed Payments webpage.

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Information regarding the 274 Health Care Provider Directory Project is available below:
Kick-off Meeting PPT (Last update: October 23, 2018)
274 Workgroup Meeting #2 (Last update: November 6, 2018)

Contracts and All Plan Letters  

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


Performance Measures 

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

​​​Rep​​orts to the Legislature

DMC Report to the Legislature for 2020 Activities (Submitted August 2021)​
DMC Report to the Legislature for 2019 Activities (Submitted June 2020)
DMC Report to the Legislature for 2018 Activities (Submitted June 2019)
DMC Report to the Legislature for 2017 Activities (Submitted August 2018)
DMC Report to the Legislature for 2016 Activities (Submitted July 2017) 

Beneficiary Dental Exception (BDE) Reports

 To view BDE reports, please visit the BDE webpage.

Plan Accreditation Reports

Note: 42 CFR 438.332 requires state Medicaid agencies to make the accreditation status for each contracted managed care plan available on their website. In accordance with this requirement, DHCS notes that none of the Dental Managed Care plans have been accredited for their Medi-Cal lines of business with a private independent accrediting entity.

Child Dental Satisfaction Survey Reports 





Audit and Survey Reports

Access Dental: 
Liberty Dental:
Health Net of California: 

Please visit the Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) website to view Financial Examination Reports.

Network Certification

 To view the Annual Network Certification report, please visit the Network Adequacy webpage.

External Quality Review

​To view the 2020-2021 Medi-Cal Dental Managed Care External Quality Review Technical Report, please visit the Medi-Cal Managed Care Quality Improvement Reports webpage.​

​Stakeholder Engagement

Waiver Resources

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