IHSS recipients who get IHSS services also have Medi-Cal. Some of these recipients must pay a certain dollar amount each month toward their own medical expenses. This dollar amount is called a share of cost (SOC). A SOC is similar to a private insurance plan's out-of-pocket deductible.
Twice a month, both you and the recipient you work for will receive an "Explanation of IHSS SOC" letter that will tell you how much money to collect from the recipient, and how much you will get in the check from the State. The SOC is part of the provider's salary. The recipient must pay the SOC, if any, to the provider monthly. The SOC may change from month to month.