County Medical Services (CMS), Self Sufficiency Programs, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego

County Medical Services Program (CMS)

General Information
Description of ServiceCMS is a program that funds medical care for uninsured indigent adult county residents ages 21 to 64. While not a health insurance program, CMS funds services through a network of community health centers, private physicians and hospitals.
Geographical AreaServes All Areas of San Diego County
Facility/ADA AccessWheelchair Accessible
Intake ProcedureTo apply for CMS, Call for interview with a County CMS worker and for eligibility screening information. If program eligibility requirements are met, patients receive an identification card. Patients can apply for coverage for a single emergency room visit by completing an emergency room application at a contracting hospital. Some community health centers offer applications for short-term (20 days) eligibility for urgent primary care services.
Intake Requirements- Birth Certificate- Social Security Card- Picture Identification Card- Latest pay stub- Utility or rental receipt
Helpful TipsTo review the CMS patient handbook please go to:

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Spanish Version -
Client Information
Target PopulationLow Income
Intended ParticipantsLow Income adults 21 to 64 years of age.
Age GroupAdults
Languages SpokenSpanish
EligibilityTo be eligible for CMS services, patient must:
• Have an immediate or chronic health condition
•Be a UScitizen or eligible alien
•Be a resident of San Diego County
•Be 21 through 64 years old
•Not be linked to Medi-Cal (aged, blind, CalWORKS or disabled)
•Be within CMS income limits or receive General Relief
•Be within CMS resource limits
•Sign a lien for services covered by CMS

Income Limit Chart - Effective 7/01/2014
CMS Maintenance Need Levels (MNL) Income Limit Chart
Family Size 165% FPL 350%FPL
1 $1,605 $3,406
2 $2,163 $4,589
3 $2,723 $5,775
4 $3,280 $6,958
5 $3,838 $8,141
6 $4,397 $9,328
7 $4,955 $10,511
8 $5,213 $11,694
9 $6,072 $12,880
10 $6,630 $14,063
Add for additional members $559 $1,187
For additional income guidelines go to
Fees or Charges
Types of FeesNo fees. However, recipients must sign a property lien.
Hours of Operation 8:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Friday
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Contact Information
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Main Phone (800) 587-8118 Press #4
Other Phone (858) 658-8650 (Medical Management Service Department)
Fax (858) 573-7381
Service Location Email
Web Address
Additional Information
Serves immigrants,refugee or asylum seekers?Yes, serves refugees.
County Entity/County Funding SourceCounty of San Diego Entity
Breast Health ResourceYes
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Self Sufficiency Programs, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego
Affiliated Program: County Medical Services Program (CMS)
This Service: County Medical Services (CMS), Self Sufficiency Programs, Health and Human Services Agency, County of San Diego
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Adult State/Local Health Insurance Programs (NL-5000.8000-050)