Created in 2000, the California Department of Managed Health Care is a consumer protection agency that oversees the operations of managed care organizations. Its mission is to protect consumer healthcare rights and ensure “a stable health care delivery system.” According to its strategic plan, the DMHC has four primary goals:
More than 7.5 million Californians are Medi-Cal beneficiaries, and 4.9 million receive their care through managed care. The Department of Health Care Services makes sure the managed-care plans follow laws governing managed care and the Department of Managed Health Care keeps tabs on their finances.
Medi-Cal Managed Care Medi-Cal Managed Care provides high quality, accessible, and cost-effective health care through managed care delivery systems. Medi-Cal Managed Care contracts for health care services through established networks of organized systems of care, which emphasize primary and preventive care.
The Department of Managed Health Care shares oversight of the medical industry with other state agencies, most notably the Department of Insurance and the Department of Health Care Services. The department enforces the Knox-Keene Act.