For healthy kids and families in Monterey County

Health Coverage Programs
for children and families

Monterey County Children’s Health Outreach for Insurance, Care and Enrollment (MC-CHOICE) Program is committed to promote outreach, enrollment, retention, and utilization of the Medi-Cal program benefits for families throughout Monterey County.

Monterey County Social Services, Community Benefits Branch will remain open during Monterey County’s recently enacted “Shelter in Place” order, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. During this time the MC-CHOICE unit will remain in-house, assisting the residents of Monterey County in various ways. The Community Benefits Branch still continues to receive applications for CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, CalFresh, and General Assistance, along with emergency related programs. Residents are urged to use the online application: BenefitsCal to apply or  may also call 1-866-361-0477 to apply over the phone.

To send documents to your worker, please use the website listed below:

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this challenging time.



CalFresh was formerly named Food Stamps and is called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) in other states.
Federal Shutdown Update for CalFresh


The California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program is the State implementation of the Federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program.


Medi-Cal is California’s public health care insurance program. Medi-Cal is administered through the Department of Health Care Services supported by federal and state funding.

General Assistance

GA is a county funded temporary cash assistance program for unemployed single adults and couples who may not have dependent children and are not receiving other public assistance benefits.

Services Covered

  • Doctor Visits
  • Prescriptions
  • Hospital Care
  • Vision Services
  • Immunizations
  • Dental Care
  • Mental Health
  • Other Health Services