California Medi-Cal Medical Benefits
What does my health plan cover?
This page explains your covered services as a Member of IEHP. Your covered services are at no cost if they are medically necessary, and you get the approved services from our Provider network. “Medically necessary” means it is reasonable and needed to protect life, to keep you from becoming seriously ill or disabled, or to reduce pain from a diagnosed disease, illness or injury.
To learn more about IEHP’s benefits and services, read Chapter 4 of the IEHP Medi-Cal Member Handbook (PDF) or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347.
IEHP offers these types of services:
- Outpatient (ambulatory) services*
- Emergency services
- Transgender services*
- Hospice and palliative care*
- Maternity and newborn care
- Mental health services
- Prescription drugs
- Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices*
- Laboratory and radiology services, such as X-rays*
- Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
- Sensitive services
- Substance use disorder treatment services
- Pediatric services
- Vision services*
- Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT)
- Non-medical transportation (NMT)
- Long-term services and supports (LTSS)
- Telehealth services
Some of the services listed are covered only if IEHP or your IPA approves first. Covered services that may need an approval from IEHP or your IPA or medical group first are marked by an asterisk (*).
The plan covers:
- Routine eye exam once every 24 months; IEHP may pre-approve (prior authorization) additional services as medically necessary.
- Eyeglasses (frames and lens) once every 24 months; contact lens when required for medical conditions such as aphakia, aniridia and keratoconus
- Single vision lenses only.
- Members under 18 automatically get polycarbonate lenses.
- Contacts in lieu of glasses only if medically necessary.
The Medi-Cal Dental Program covers some dental services, such as:
- Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (e.g., examinations, x-rays, and teeth cleanings)
- Emergency services for pain control
- Tooth extractions
- Root canal treatments
- Prosthetic appliances
- Orthodontics for children who qualify
Members can access dental services through providers enrolled in the Medi-Cal Dental Program. They will advise you on the best course of treatment and when these services may be attained.
Your Medi-Cal benefits include round trip transportation for plan-covered health services and Medi-Cal-covered services, such as mental health, substance abuse and dental, within San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
The plan covers:
- Visits to your Primary Care Doctor, Specialists and urgent care clinics.
- Visit for dental, mental health, substance abuse and other services.
Exclusions and Limitations
IEHP does not cover:
- One-way trips and non-medical visits.
- Visits to Social Security, Workers Compensation Claims, Personal Injury cases, Courts, Parole or Probation or Social Services Offices.
IEHP offers two types of transportation:
- Bus passes* for Non-Medical Transportation (NMT): approved when you do not have any physical or medical issue that does not allow you to travel by bus, car, taxi or other forms of public transportation.
- Uber for Non-Medical Transportation (NMT): approved when your area doesn’t support bus passes, or you are crossing counties. For this type of transportation, you need to wait for your ride at the curb.
- Non-Emergent Medical Transportation (NEMT): approved when your medical or physical issue does not allow you to travel by bus, car, taxi or other forms of public transportation. For this type of transportation, your Doctor must submit a Physicians’ Certification Statement online.
Effective March 1, 2020, transportation for routine medical visits including Behavioral Health and Substance Use must be scheduled five business days before your appointment. To set up transportation, call IEHP Transportation Department at 1-800-440-4347 (option two), Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 (option two).
*For bus passes, call our transportation vendor Call the Car (CTC) at 855-673-3195 select option 1. Once you get your bus pass, you can use this for all of your health care visits.
The Postpartum Care Extension Program
The Postpartum Care Extension Program provides extended coverage for Medi-Cal members during both the pregnancy and after pregnancy. The Postpartum Care Extension Program extends coverage by IEHP for up to 12 months after the end of the pregnancy regardless of income, citizenship, or immigration status and no additional action is needed.
Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing
Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS), including individual sequencing, trio sequencing for a parent or parents and their baby, and ultra-rapid sequencing, is a covered benefit for any Medi-Cal member who is one year of age or younger and is receiving inpatient hospital services in an intensive care unit. rWGS is an emerging method of diagnosing conditions in time to affect ICU care of children one year of age or younger. If your child is eligible for California Children’s Services (CCS), CCS may be responsible for covering the hospital stay and the rWGS.
For some types of care, your PCP or specialist will need to ask IEHP for permission before you get the care. This is called asking for prior authorization, prior approval, or pre-approval. It means that IEHP must make sure that the care is medically necessary or needed based on appropriateness of care and services and existence of coverage. Care is medically necessary if it is reasonable and necessary to protect your life, keeps you from becoming seriously ill or disabled, or reduces severe pain from a diagnosed disease, illness or injury.
For some services, you need pre-approval (prior authorization). Under Health and Safety Code Section 1367.01(h)(2), IEHP will decide routine pre-approvals within 5 working days of when IEHP gets the information reasonably needed to decide.
For requests in which a provider indicates or IEHP determines that following the standard timeframe could seriously jeopardize your life or health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function, IEHP will make an expedited (fast) pre-approval decision. IEHP will give notice as quickly as your health condition requires and no later than 72 hours after receiving the request for services.
If IEHP does not approve the request, IEHP will send you a Notice of Action (NOA) letter. The NOA letter will tell you how to file an appeal if you do not agree with the decision. IEHP will contact you if IEHP needs more information or more time to review your request.
Continuity of Care
If you now go to providers who are not in the IEHP network (out-of-network), in certain cases you may get continuity of care and be able to go to them for up to 12 months. If your providers do not join the IEHP network by the end of 12 months, you will need to switch to providers in the IEHP network. If you are a new Member, you may request to keep getting medical services from an out of network provider if you were getting this care before enrolling in IEHP. IEHP will decide if this treatment with an out of network provider is medically appropriate. Continuity of care does not extend to select ancillary services, carved out services or services not covered by Medi-Cal.
To learn more about continuity of care and eligibility qualifications, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347).
Most prescription drugs are covered by Medi-Cal Rx, some drugs may be covered by IEHP. Your provider can prescribe you drugs that are on the Medi-Cal Rx Contract Drugs List. To find out if a drug is on the Contract Drug List or to get a copy of the Contract Drug List, call Medi-Cal Rx at 1-800-977-2273 (TTY 1-800-977-2273 and press 5 or 711), visit the Medi-Cal Rx website at www.MediCalRx.dhcs.ca.gov/home/, or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 or 711.
If you are filling or refilling a prescription, you must get your prescribed drugs from a pharmacy that works with Medi-Cal Rx. You can find a list of pharmacies that work with Medi-Cal Rx in the Medi-Cal Rx Pharmacy Directory at www.Medi-CalRx.hcs.ca.gov/home/. You can also find a pharmacy near you by calling Medi-Cal Rx at 1-800-977-2273 (TTY 1-800-977-2273 and press 5 or 711). Or call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm. TTY users
should call 1-800-718-4347 or 711.