Your rights under Medi-Cal managed care

As a member of HPSJ, you have certain rights and responsibilities. This chapter explains these rights and responsibilities. This chapter also includes legal notices that you have a right to as a member of HPSJ.

Your rights
These are your rights as a member of HPSJ:

  • To be treated with respect and dignity, giving due consideration to your right to privacy and the need to maintain confidentiality of your medical information.
  • To receive sensitive services or submit a claim for sensitive services without obtaining the primary subscribers or other enrollees’ authorization.
  • To have the right to request the communication of sensitive services you’ve received go to another address, phone number, or email for confidentiality purposes. These forms are available at
  • To be provided with information about the plan and its services, including covered services, practitioners, and member rights and responsibilities.
  • To make recommendations about HPSJ’s member rights and responsibilities policy.
  • To be able to choose a primary care provider within HPSJ’s network.
  • To have timely access to network providers.
  • To participate in decision making regarding your own health care, including the right to refuse treatment.
  • To voice grievances, either verbally or in writing, about the organization or the care you got.
  • To get care coordination.
  • To ask for an appeal of decisions to deny, defer or limit services or benefits.
  • To get no-cost interpreting services for your language.
  • To get free legal help at your local legal aid office or other groups.
  • To formulate advance directives.
  • To ask for a State Hearing if a service or benefit is denied and you have already filed an appeal with HPSJ and are still not happy with the decision, or if you did not get a decision on your appeal after 30 days, including information on the circumstances under which an expedited hearing is possible.
  • To disenroll from HPSJ and change to another health plan in the county upon request.
  • To access minor consent services.
  • To get no-cost written member information in other formats (such as braille, large-size print, audio and accessible electronic formats) upon request and in a timely fashion appropriate for the format being requested and in accordance with Welfare & Institutions Code Section 14182 (b)(12).
  • To be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation.
  • To truthfully discuss information on available treatment options and alternatives, presented in a manner appropriate to your condition and ability to understand, regardless of cost or coverage.
  • To have access to and get a copy of your medical records, and request that they be amended or corrected, as specified in 45 Code of Federal Regulations §164.524 and 164.526.
  • Freedom to exercise these rights without adversely affecting how you are treated by HPSJ, your providers or the State.
  • To have access to family planning services, Freestanding Birth Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Clinics, midwifery services, Rural Health Centers, sexually transmitted infection services and emergency services outside HPSJ’s network pursuant to the federal law.

Your responsibilities
HPSJ members have these responsibilities:

  • Be familiar with and ask questions about your health plan coverage. If you have questions you should contact Customer Service at 1(888) 936-PLAN (7526) TTY/TDD 711.
  • Follow the advice and care procedures indicated by your doctors, HPSJ and the program.
  • Request interpreter services at least five (5) business days before your scheduled appointment.
  • Call your doctor or pharmacy at least three (3) days before you run out of medication.
  • Treat your doctors and all their staff with respect. This includes being on time to appointments and calling to reschedule or cancel.
  • Understand that your doctor’s office may have limited seating for patients and caregivers only.
  • Give accurate information to the professional staff, following instructions, and cooperating with the providers, HPSJ, your doctor’s office, and any other doctor in order to receive the best care possible.
  • Understand your health problems and work with your doctor to develop mutually agreed upon treatment goals.
  • Ask your doctor questions if you do not understand what they are saying.
  • Care for your own health. Live a healthy lifestyle, exercise, eat a good diet, and don’t smoke.
  • Avoid knowingly spreading disease to others.
  • Report any wrongdoing or fraud to HPSJ.
  • Understand that there are risks in receiving health care and limits to what can be done for you medically.
  • Understand that it is a health care doctors duty to be efficient and fair in caring for you as well as other patients.

Commitment to Quality

We are committed to quality and to ensuring you get the best health care.

Posted on June 16th, 2015 and last modified on May 8th, 2023.