Medi-Cal is California's version of the federal Medicaid  health coverage program. Medi-Cal plays an essential role in California's health care system by ensuring that children and adults with limited income and resources can receive the medical services they need, at little or no cost to them. 

Eligibility has been expanded.

You might qualify under current rules, even if you didn't qualify in the past:

  • Medi-Cal coverage is now available to citizens and legal residents earning up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, including childless adults. 
  • Former foster youth are now eligible for coverage until age 26, instead of age 18 or 21. See this flyer for more information.
  • Children under age 26 are eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal regardless of immigration status, as long as the household meets the income standards. Learn more here .
  • Special programs remain available to help pregnant women, the terminally ill, those needing long-term care, and the aged, blind, and disabled.

How can I apply?

You can submit an application online ; visit one of our three offices (shown below); or call our toll-free automated phone number (1-866-404-4007). We determine eligibility based on the information you provide on your Medi-Cal application and any required verifications. If we determine that your household is not eligible, then we can help you pursue other options, such as applying for affordable insurance from Covered California.

Did you know?

Many of the people who qualify for Medi-Cal, can also qualify for CalFresh benefits. CalFresh helps eligible households buy the food they need in order to maintain adequate nutrition. For more information, visit our CalFresh page.

Social Services Office Locations

City Location Days/Hours
Santa Barbara 234 Camino del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Phone: (805) 681-4401
Fax: (805) 681-4402
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Santa Maria
2125 S. Centerpointe Pkwy.
Santa Maria, CA 93455
Phone: (805) 346-7135
Fax: (805) 346-7196
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Lompoc 1100 W. Laurel Ave.
Lompoc, CA 93436
Phone: (805) 737-7080
Fax: (805) 737-6047
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Outstation Sites in the Community

Location Days/Hours For info, call:
Family Resource Center
5241 Eighth Street
Every Tues
DSS Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4401
Santa Barbara:
Franklin Service Center
1111 E. Mason St., Room 12
Every Weds
DSS Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4401
Santa Barbara:
PATH/Casa Esperanza
816 Cacique St.
Every Weds
DSS Santa Barbara
(805) 681-4401
Santa Maria:
Marian Hospital
1400 E. Church Street
Mon 9am-12pm
Thurs 1pm-4pm
DSS Santa Maria
(805) 346-7135
People Helping People
545 N. Alisal Road, Suite 102
Every other Tues
DSS Lompoc
(805) 737-7080
New Cuyama:
Family Resource Center
4689 Highway 166, Unit B
Call for appointment:
(661) 766-2369
DSS Lompoc
(805) 737-7080