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What is Medi-Cal? 

Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid Program. This is a public health insurance program that provides needed health care services for low-income people including families with children, seniors, persons with disabilities, foster care, pregnant women, and low-income people with specific disease such as tuberculosis, breast cancer or HIV/AIDs.

To Contact the Medi-Cal office in El Dorado County: 
Call (530) 642-7300 in Placerville or (530) 573-3200 in South Lake Tahoe

How Do I Apply?

Applications for the Medi-Cal can be requested by Phone, In-Person, via US Mail or online.

Did you know that you can apply for Medi-Cal, view documents, submit verifications, report new information and much more using BenefitsCal is also available on your mobile phone by going to the App Store or Google Play. For faster processing of your application fill out all questions on the application and submit proof of your income.

Placerville Office
3057 Briw Road
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 642-7300

South Lake Tahoe Office
3368 Sandy Way 
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
(530) 573-3200

Download the Single Streamlined Application - ENGLISH(PDF, 1MB) | SPANISH(PDF, 776KB)

Completed Applications can be directed to your nearest Human Services Medi-Cal Office.

Who Qualifies for Medi-Cal?

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Families of any size are eligible if they meet income guidelines. The following persons may be eligible: 

  • Children under 21 years of age
  • Persons 65 years of age and older
  • Disabled and blind persons
  • Pregnant women
  • Low-income adults between the ages of 19-64
  • Families where at least one child is under 21 and at least one parent is absent, disabled, unemployed or working (depending on hours worked and income earned)
  • Anyone who is eligible for CalWORKS; Supplemental Security Income and State Supplemental Program (SSI/SSP); Entrant or Refugee Cash Assistance (ECA or RCA); or In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS)
  • Foster Youth Can Maintain Health Coverage Until Age 26 

Some recipients of the Medi-Cal program may have to pay a monthly share of cost before Medi-Cal benefits become effective; Share of Cost is determined based upon the recipient’s monthly income.

Individuals and families who are ineligible for Medi-Cal may still qualify for assistance paying for health coverage through Covered California

Knowing our Rights

If you need information on how to file a Medi-Cal fair hearing, please visit the California Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Fair Hearings webpage or call El Dorado County Health and Human Services at (530) 642-7300 and ask for information on Medi-Cal Fair Hearings. 

For more information regarding your Rights and Responsibilities under the Medi-Cal program, you may also refer to the form MC 219, "What you need to know when you apply for and enroll in Medi-Cal." - ENGLISH(PDF, 210KB) | SPANISH(PDF, 284KB)

If you feel you have been discriminated against, please visit the California Department of Health Care Services Non-Discrimination Policy and Language Access webpage for information on filing a discrimination or language access complaint.

Related Links:

California Department of Health Care Services

Need information on COVID-19 - Visit COVID19.CA.GOV

Need information on Medi-Cal Managed Care Plan - Visit Healthcare Options

For assistance with choosing or switching your Managed Care Plan, Visit the Office of the Ombudsman

For a list of Social Services, please download the Social Services Division Brochure

For more info, call (530) 642-7300 in Placerville or (530) 573-3200 in South Lake Tahoe

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