Owen Clinic
(619) 543-3995

County of San Diego Medical Services (CMS)

If you lack medical insurance such as Medi-Cal, Medicare or private insurance, the County of San Diego may be able to provide support and treatment for some illnesses and conditions not related to HIV/AIDS medical care through CMS. This may be an additional program you could apply for when you qualify only for Ryan White. Call 800-587-8118 for more information.

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Minimum eligibility criteria

  • Have an immediate or long-term medical need.
  • Are a United States citizen/eligible alien
  • Are a resident of San Diego County
  • Are 21 to 64 years of age
  • Met CMS financial requirements or receive General Relief

What does it cover?

Prior Approval CMS covers
  • Evaluation of your condition by a primary care provider
  • Follow-up care by a primary care provider for serious health conditions
  • Emergency room care
  • Emergency hospital admissions
  • Emergency medical transportation
  • Emergency dental care
Services that need to be Approved In
  • Medical care from a specialist physician
  • Planned hospital admissions
  • Surgical and diagnostic procedures
  • Limited rehab, vision, medical equipment and home health services
  • Non-emergency medical transportation
  • Prescription not on the CMS approved list

What documents will I need to apply?

Each time you apply for CMS, you must provide:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of country residence
  • Proof of immigration status, if applicable
  • Proof of your current income and resources

For more on CMS health benefits, visit:

How to apply

Call 1-800-587-8118 to request an appointment and apply for CMS.

If you have private health insurance, programs like The Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA-HIPP) may pay your private health insurance premiums.

You can also apply in-person at these locations:

Our Owen Clinic - UCSD Medical Center
200 W. Arbor Dr.
San Diego, 92103-8681
Phone: 619-543-3700
Mother/Child/Adolescent Program - UCSD
4076 Third Ave., Ste. 301
San Diego, 92103
Phone: 619-543-8089
Being Alive
4070 Centre Street
San Diego, 92103
Phone: 619-291-1400
Family Health Center of San Diego
4040 30th Street
San Diego, 92104
Phone: 619-876-4465
Neighborhood House Association
286 Euclid Ave., Ste. 110
San Diego, 92114
Phone: 619-266-9400 Ext. 2214

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