Qualifying for membership in the Kaiser Permanente Medi-Cal managed care network requires Kaiser network membership for six to 12 months or residing in a county where Kaiser offers contracted managed care services. Individuals who have Medi-Cal eligibility questions pertaining to Kaiser insurance can call Kaiser Permanente at 800-557-4515.
Kaiser Permanente is contracted to provide Medi-Cal managed care services to local residents in certain California counties. Individuals living in covered counties must submit a Medi-Cal application before submitting an application for Kaiser managed care services. Application and approval for Medi-Cal is done through the county Health and Human Services office. California residents can apply for Medi-Cal year-round. Approval for coverage may be quick, or it may take up to 60 days. Applications remain in pending status sometimes due to incomplete documentation, so applicants should make sure all documents are turned in.
Medi-Cal health insurance covers free or low-cost medical services considered essential to good health and emphasizes preventative health care. Numerous health plans are available through Medi-Cal, including Kaiser. People with Medi-Cal insurance are sometimes automatically enrolled in a specific health plan chosen by the county, giving them no alternative choices. The county administering Medi-Cal sends qualified individuals a packet of information that includes health plan options.