State of California Health & Safety Web page

This online clearinghouse gives an overview of available state health services and includes links to dozens of agencies, including the Health and Human Services Agency, Department of Health Care Services, Department of Public Health, Department of Managed Health Care, and the Medical Board of California.

California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)
Help Center
980 Ninth Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814
General Information:  (888) HMO-2219
Independent Medical Review Requests: (888) HMO-2219
Health Plans and Providers: (877) 525-1295

The DMHC’s policy experts provide benchmarks for health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and their regulation, health care policy, patent advocacy and consumer awareness.

California Department Of Public Health 
PO Box 997377, MS 0500
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
(916) 558-1784

Has information on programs, services and other topics, including county-by-county citations and other actions taken against nursing homes, hospitals and other care facilities, as well as patients’ rights, such as allowable nurse-to-patient ratios.

California Board Of Pharmacy
(Part of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Information (800) 952-5210)
Attention: Enforcement Unit
1625 N. Market Blvd, Suite N 219
Sacramento, CA 95834

Licenses and regulates pharmacy professionals and businesses, offers consumer education on prescribed medications, and investigates complaints, which can be filed online or downloaded and mailed to the address above.

Covered California
Consumer Protection page

Covered California is implementing the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in California in a joint partnership between the California Health Benefit Exchange and the California Department of Health Care Services. Covered California has information on health insurance options, providers and other topics, such as a comparison tool for evaluating coverage and costs. Open enrollment for 2016 coverage begins Nov. 1, 2015, and continues through Jan. 31, 2016.