Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
You have a right to:
- Be treated with courtesy and respect.
- Get quality health care.
- Get care from qualified medical personnel.
- Choose a primary care doctor or pediatrician you trust, and change doctors if you are not satisfied.
- Get an interpreter when English is not your first language.
- Get an appointment when you need one.
- Understand your health problem.
- Understand the risks and benefits of your treatment choices.
- Get a second opinion about a diagnosis or treatment.
- Choose or refuse treatment.
- Have your health information protected.
- Get a copy of your medical records.
Learn the rules for your policy:
- Read your health plan's Summary of Benefits to learn what is covered and what is not covered (excluded).
- Your insurance only pays for care that is medically necesary. This is defined in your insurance policy.
- Your plan may not pay for care that is experimental or investigational. But if you have a serious illness and feel that you need an experimental or investigational treatment, you can ask for an independent medical review.
- You may need to get pre-approval from your health plan for some kinds of care.
- You do NOT need pre-approval for emergency care.
- Health plans must cover Essential Health Benefits. These include specific treatments or services mandated by the State.
- For more information about the rules for plans regulated by the California Department Mangaged Health Care (HMOs and certain Blue Cross/Blue Shield PPOs), go to www.dmhc.ca.gov.
- Self-insured plans follow different rules. For more information, see your policy or go to www.dol.gov.ebsa.