Understand My Care

Find the Right Care Choice

This website was developed to give you the information you need to make the best choice for you.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Answer questions about your health care needs and wants. There is a lot to consider on how to get your care, and what help you might need. We’ll walk you through it!
  2. Learn about the care choices in your community to fit your needs. Based on your answers, we’ll give you care choices available in your community so you can choose what is best.

While exploring your MedicareThe federal health program that provides health care benefits for people age 65 years or older, people age 65 years or younger with certain disabilities, and people with certain diseases.
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and Medi-CalCalifornia’s Medicaid program. Medi-Cal offers health coverage for low-income Californians.
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care choices, please remember:

  • All choices allow you to keep your Medicare and Medi-Cal benefitsMedicare and Medi-Cal cover health care benefits, which are medically-necessary services that you get from your health plan and/or individual providers.
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    . No matter which care choice you pick, you won’t lose any of your benefits.
  • You have the right to see a providerA person or organization that provides health care-related services, like a doctor, hospital, or clinic.
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    , like a doctor, hospital, or clinic, that meets your needs. This can mean a doctor who speaks your language or a clinic that can meet your physical needs like having lifts or an exam table that lowers.
  • Some health plansA group of doctors, specialists, clinics, pharmacies, hospitals, and long-term care providers that work together to meet your needs.
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    have networksA group of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care professionals that work with your health plan to provide all your health care services.
    A group of doctors, hospitals, pharmacies, and other health care professionals that work with your health plan to provide all your health care services.
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    of providers and will help you choose a provider in their network that meets your needs because that is how they can help you best. For example, a Medicare health plan that is an "HMOA type of health plan where a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers agree to give health care to members for a set amount of money every month.
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    " might have a limited have a more limited network of providers that work together closely. A health plan that is a "PPOA type of health plan that contracts with medical providers, such as hospitals and doctors, to create a network of participating providers that you use for services.
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    " might let you choose from a larger network of providers.
  • You always have control over the type of care you get and can change your provider or health plan if it doesn’t work for you.
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