Why do I need Medi-Cal?

Your IHSS funding comes through the California Medi-Cal program. If you do not have Medi-Cal call the Medi-Cal application phone line at 530-880-7610, 916-784-6000 or 1-888-385-5160. Then request a Medi-Cal application. You may also access the application online. Mail or take your application with the required verifications (proof) to one of three Placer County locations:

  • The Auburn Office
    11519 B Avenue
    Auburn, CA 95603
    Phone: 530-889-7610
  • The North Lake Tahoe Office
    5225 N Lake Boulevard
    Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
    Phone: 530-546-1900
  • The Roseville Office
    1000 Sunset Boulevard
    Rocklin, CA 95765
    Phone: 916-784-6000.

If you don’t have all your verifications, or are not sure of what you need to submit, please send what you have gathered. You may send the rest later. The earlier we receive your application, the earlier your case will be processed and your Medi-Cal benefits can begin.

If you get SSI/SSP payments, the Social Security administration office automatically establishes Medi-Cal for you. No separate application for Medi-Cal is needed. You should receive your Medi-Cal card (BIC) through the mail. Note that once you’ve been approved for IHSS benefits, it is imperative that you maintain your Medi-Cal eligibility going forward, or you will also forfeit your IHSS services.

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1. Who is eligible for IHSS?
2. How do I apply for IHSS?
3. Why do I need Medi-Cal?
4. What is Health Care Certification?
5. What happens next?
6. How do I find an IHSS provider?
7. I'm ready to hire my provider. What should happen next?