Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP)

The Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP) is a statewide health care program for Californians primarily over the age of 21 with certain genetic diseases, including but not limited to the following:

  •  Hemophilia
  •  Cystic Fibrosis (CF)
  •  Huntington's Disease (HD)
  •  Hypervalinemia
  •  Galactosemia
  •  Wilson's Disease
  •  Von-Hippel-Linday Disease (VHL)
  •  Sickle Cell Disease
  •  Citrullinemia

 For a full list of medically eligible conditions covered by GHPP, please click here.

The GHPP helps people who are on GHPP with their health care needs. The GHPP works with doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other members of the health care team in providing many types of health services, including: Special Care Center (SCC) service, hospital stays, outpatient medical care, pharmaceutical services, surgeries, and more.

Residential Eligibility

Applicants must be residents of California. Proof of California residency includes any of the following:

  • California Driver’s License or California State Identification Card
  • Voter’s Registration
  • Rental Agreement (if you are renting an apartment, house or room)
  • Utility bill statements such as PG&E or telephone

Financial Eligibility

There is no income limit for GHPP eligibility. However, applicant may be required to apply for Medi-Cal. Some clients may also be required to pay an annual enrollment fee to GHPP. The amount of enrollment fee is based on income and family size.

Age Criteria

Applicants must be 21 years of age or older. Persons younger than 21 years of age must

  • Apply first to California Children’s Services
  • Submit a financial eligibility denial from CCS
  • Submit proof showing out of pocket expenses are less than 20% of family income

Contact Information


Please note that the main GHPP office is located in Sacramento, California. GHPP has no county involvement.

Website: Genetically Handicapped Persons Program (GHPP)

Mail:        Genetically Handicapped Persons Program
MS 8100, P.O. Box 997413
   Sacramento, CA 95899-7413

Phone:     916-552-9105
                  Press Option 2 for GHPP
                  Press Option 2 again for Eligibility

Fax:           916-440-5318 - For Service Authorization Requests (SARs)
                  916-440-5762 - For applications/renewals

Email: - For questions about eligibility
         - For questions about SAR statuses