Timely Access to Care

Your in-network provider must provide timely access to care based on your health care needs.
At minimum, they must offer you an appointment listed in the time frames in the table below.

Urgent care appointments that do not require pre-approval (prior authorization) 48 hours
Urgent care appointments that do require pre-approval (prior authorization) 96 hours
Non-urgent (routine) primary care appointments 10 business days
Non-urgent (routine) specialist care appointments 15 business days
Non-urgent (routine) mental health provider (non-doctor) care appointments 10 business days
Non-urgent (routine) mental health provider (nondoctor) follow-up care appointments 10 business days of last appointment
Non-urgent (routine) appointments for ancillary (supporting) services for the diagnosis or treatment of injury, illness, or other health condition 15 business days
Member Services telephone wait times during normal business hours 10 minutes
Telephone wait times for Nurse Advice Line 30 minutes (connected to nurse)

Sometimes waiting longer for an appointment is not a problem. Your provider might give you a longer wait time if it would not be harmful to your health. It must be noted in your record that a longer wait time will not be harmful to your health. Also, if you prefer to wait for a later appointment that will better fit your schedule or go to another provider of your choice, your provider or your L.A. Care will respect your wish.

Your doctor may recommend a specific schedule for preventive services, follow up care for ongoing conditions or standing referrals to specialists, depending on your needs.

Tell us if you need interpreter services when you call L.A. Care or when you get covered services. Interpreter services, including sign language, are available at no cost to you. We highly discourage the use of minors or family members as interpreters.

To learn more about interpreter services we offer, call Member Services at 1-888-839-9909 (TTY 711).
If you need interpreter services, including sign language, at a Medi-Cal Rx pharmacy, call Medi-Cal Rx Customer Service at 1-800-977-2273, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. TTY users can call 711, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.