County Medical Services (CMSP)

The County Medical Services Program (CMSP) is a medical coverage program subscribed to by many rural California counties. CMSP is administered by the Office of County Health Services, a division of the California Department of Health Services, on behalf of the CMSP Governing Board, which is comprised of county supervisors, administrators, health officials, and welfare directors. Counties with a population of less than 300,000 are eligible to subscribe to the CMSP Program; subscribing counties are required to pay a participation fee to help fund the program. 

The purpose of CMSP is to provide essential health care services to indigent adults who are not eligible for benefits under the Medi-Cal Program (see page 19) and whose income is insufficient to pay medical bills while still meeting their basic needs.   Eligibility criteria for CMSP is very similar to the Medi-Cal Program but without restrictions on age, disability status or dependent children in the home. The CMSP benefits include many of those covered by the Medi-Cal program, with the exception of pregnancy-related services, long-term care, and services provided by chiropractors, acupuncturists, and psychologists.