Medical Supplies, Equipment and Appliances

L.A. Care covers medical supplies prescribed by doctors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. Some medical supplies are covered through Fee-for-Service (FFS) Medi-Cal Rx and not by L.A. Care.
When FFS covers supplies, the provider will bill Medi-Cal.

Medi-Cal does not cover:

  • Common household items including, but not limited to:
    • Adhesive tape (all types)
    • Rubbing alcohol
    • Cosmetics
    • Cotton balls and swabs
    • Dusting powders
    • Tissue wipes
    • Witch hazel
  • Common household remedies including, but not limited to:
    • White petrolatum
    • Dry skin oils and lotions
    • Talc and talc combination products
    • Oxidizing agents such as hydrogen peroxide
    • Carbamide peroxide and sodium perborate
  • Non-prescription shampoos
  • Topical preparations that contain benzoic and salicylic acid ointment, salicylic acid cream, ointment or liquid and zinc oxide paste
  • Other items not generally used primarily for health care, and that are regularly and primarily used by persons who do not have a specific medical need for them.

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