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CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program

CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program
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Who can join CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program

If you live in Santa Barbara County, and are an MCAP eligible pregnant woman, you can become a member of CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program a program serving all communities in Santa Barbara County.

Plan Highlights


Women enrolled in CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program will benefit from an established network of health professionals, including doctors, hospitals and pharmacies within Santa Barbara County. We are a local organization, with our headquarters in Santa Barbara. Created in 1983, we arrange and pay for health care services in Santa Barbara County. You can trust our dedicated staff.

Special Benefits

As a member of CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program, you will receive these special benefits free of charge:

  • A visit by a licensed nurse-after you return home-to see how you are doing and answer any questions you may have.
  • Nutrition counseling, because good health during your pregnancy will make it more likely that you will have a healthy baby.
  • A lactation specialist, if needed, who can help you learn how to avoid breast feeding problems if you choose to breast feed your baby.
  • Free smoking cessation classes or use of acupuncture for smoking cessation.

Plan Providers

CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program offers a comprehensive provider network in Santa Barbara County including Obstetricians/Gynecologists (OB/GYN), hospitals, pharmacies, and a full range of specialty providers to support your health care needs.

How To Enroll

Simply write: “CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program” on the “Choice of Health Plan” line on the MCAP application.

Once Accepted-Starting Care

Your Heath Plan Card

Once enrolled, and after you have selected an OB/GYN, you will receive an identification card from CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program. Present your card whenever you go to your doctor.

Your OB/GYN as your Primary Care Provider

You can choose an OB/GYN for your prenatal care and coordination of all of your other health care needs.

In Case of Emergency

24-hour emergency care is available without prior authorization at all hospital emergency rooms in and outside of Santa Barbara County or by dialing “911.” However, it is very important to first contact your primary care provider (if possible) to make sure he/she can provide guidance and advice.

If You Need Assistance

Just pick up your phone, call CenCal Health's toll free at 1-877-814-1861. You will speak with a representative who will:

  • Explain CenCal Health's benefits to you.
  • Help you select an OB/GYN from our list of participating providers for your pregnancy.

Important Information

The information presented here is only a brief summary. For exact terms and conditions, please refer to the Evidence of Coverage booklet for CenCal Health’s Medi-Cal Access Program. Also please note: Beginning January 1, 2014, your MCAP coverage will end on the last day of the month in which the 60th day following the end of the pregnancy occurs.