January 2017


4050 Calle Real
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

1288 Morro Street
Suite 100
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Toll Free: (800) 421-2560
Tel: (805) 685-9525


A Message from Our CEO
Due to the recent election results, we received a few questions and what that means for CenCal Health. The election of Donald Trump and the maintenance of a Republican Congress will ensure a change of philosophy and approach to health care policy from the federal government. That's about all we really know at this point in time. We can speculate, guess, and predict all we want, but really to no practical end. Things are often easier said than done, so taking campaign pronouncements at face value is not necessarily a prediction of the future. 
We do know with confidence that, at some point, some type of change to federal health care policy will come and it will be our collective jobs to successfully implement it in a way that aligns with our mission. CenCal Health will continue working with public plans, our associations and the State of California to best position ourselves to influence whatever change may take place. We will continue to work with our community partners to ensure that we all work together to address any challenges or benefits that may come our way.
In the meantime, we will continue to do what we always do: do what's best for our members; our providers and the communities we serve; and prepare for whatever the future may bring.

Bob Freeman
Chief Executive Officer

Exciting Changes at CenCal Health!

New Chief Medical Officer Darryl Leong, M.D. and New Deputy Medical Officer Takashi Wada, M.D.

Dr. Leong
We are happy to announce we've hired Dr. Darryl Leong, M.D. of Los Angeles as our new Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Leong has been the Chief Medical Information Officer and Medical Director for Care First Health Plan in Monterey Park for almost 10 years. He has a vast amount of experience as a health plan director.

Dr. Wada
Dr Leong will be joined by Dr. Takashi Wada our new Deputy Medical Officer who is well-known to our community of Santa Barbara and knows the needs of the area very well. We believe they will make a great team.

For more on Dr. Leong and Dr. Wada please click here

Doctors Assisting Seniors at Home (DASH)

CenCal Health is launching a pilot project with DASH to ensure vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities continue to receive at-home medical services. 

Dr. Michael Bordofsky working with his physician partners with Palliative Care Consultants of Santa Barbara have served nearly 2,000 adults in South Santa Barbara County. Many of these adults are CenCal Health members. The program helps seniors and persons with disabilities feel comfortable and safe living in their own home knowing that medical care is a phone call away.

DASH focuses on immediate and urgent care as a compliment to routine primary care and is unique in that it also promotes the completion of advanced care directives, health-risk assessments, home-safety evaluations for seniors and nurse or physician visits.

This program has successfully reduced emergency room usage by over 30 percent and hospitalizations by over 25 percent. Patient satisfaction with the program is high, with 95 percent of members describing DASH as easy to reach, quick to respond, listening carefully and spending enough time with members.

The partnership with DASH comes as CenCal Health is in the process of developing a special-needs program that would allow it to provide the full spectrum of health-care benefits to low-income seniors that qualify for Medicare and Medi-Cal. The program is slated to launch in 2019.

For additional information please click here

Membership Report

Santa Barbara Health Initiative: 122,636
San Luis Obispo Health Initiative: 55,628
All Plans Combined:
Affordable Care Act Totals:
Santa Barbara Health Initiative:
San Luis Obispo Health Initiative:

Friendship Center - Festival of Hearts
February 11, 2017

Domestic Violence Solutions Annual Luncheon
February 12, 2017 at 11:30 - 1:30pm
Four Seasons - Biltmore Hotel, Santa Barbara

Health Access and Care Coordination Health Fair
February 25, 2017
Mobile Assistance Services for the Homeless (MASH)
February 27, 2017 at 1-4pm
Veterans Hall, Morro Bay

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We at CenCal Health were treated to a double rainbow!
We are so grateful for the rain we are receiving.