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If you qualify for Medi-Cal or CareAdvantage health or dental insurance:

As of January 1, 2022, Health Plan of San Mateo (HPSM) Dental began covering the dental benefits for San Mateo County community members eligible for Medi-Cal and CareAdvantage. That means, as an HPSM Medi-Cal or CareAdvantage member:

  • Your dental benefits are managed locally by HPSM
  • You only need to call one phone number for information about both your health care and dental care
  • You only need one card to use your health and dental benefits
  • Download the HPSM Dental Quick Start Guide for HPSM members here: HPSM Dental Quick Guide for HPSM Members

If you have Health Plan of San Mateo (HPSM) Dental insurance and need help making an appointment with your dental provider, contact Health Plan of San Mateo Member Services, Monday-Friday 8:00am-6:00pm:

Toll free: 1-800-750-4776

Local: 650-616-2133

TTY: 1-800-735-2929 or dial 7-1-1

Email: Dental@hpsm.org

Visit HPSM Dental to see a dental provider directory, map, oral health education, and more.

How to prepare for your dental visit. Bring both your HPSM ID card and your Medi-Cal BIC card to your dental appointments.

If you or your child do not currently have dental insurance:

To enroll in dental insurance, contact our Health Coverage Unit by calling (650) 616-2002. Visit the Health Coverage Unit website for more information.  

Dental clinics providing care for the uninsured:

Ravenswood Family Health Center Dental Clinic

  • Serving people of all ages, pregnant people, and children with special needs at their clinic in East Palo Alto
  • Phone: 650-330-7400

Samaritan House Dental Clinic

  • Serving adults by appointment only at two clinics in San Mateo and Redwood City
  • San Mateo clinic phone: 650-578-0400
  • Redwood City clinic phone: 650-839-1447

Sonrisas Dental Health

  • Serving people of all ages, pregnant people, and children with special needs at two clinics in Half Moon Bay and San Mateo.
  • Half Moon Bay clinic phone: 650-726-2144 
  • San Mateo clinic phone: 650-727-3480 

If you have San Mateo County Access and Care for Everyone (ACE) health care coverage:

The ACE program is for adults age 19 and above who are not eligible for other state and federal insurance programs. It covers the costs of emergency dental care only, if this emergency care is received at one of the clinics listed below.

A dental condition is considered an emergency if it:​

  • Causes severe pain, or a serious illness or injury
  • Puts your health in serious danger
  • Causes serious harm to the way your body works, or
  • Causes serious damage of any body organ or body part

The ACE program will cover the costs of emergency dental care if received at: