Using Your Coverage

When you qualify for Medi-Cal and receive your benefits identification card (BIC) you can start using your coverage. You won’t be placed in a health plan right away, but there are many ways to get care.

Here are some ways you can get the care you need before enrolling in a health plan.

After you get your BIC, you will receive a packet in the mail with health plans you can choose from. Medi-Cal offers 22 health plans. You must choose a health plan within 30 days of getting that health plan information packet, or Medi-Cal will choose a plan for you. Your choices will depend on the county you live in. To see the plans available in your county, visit the Medi-Cal Managed Care Health Plan Directory. Once you choose a health plan, you can select your Primary Care Physician from a list of participating doctors.