The Contra Costa CARES (CARES) program began as a pilot program in December 2015, with funding from Contra Costa County, and three hospitals; Kaiser Permanente, John Muir, and Sutter Health. The purpose of the CARES program is to provide access to quality healthcare to the remaining uninsured living in Contra Costa County. For a look at some of the advocacy that made CARES possible click here.
What is the CARES Program?
The Contra Costa CARES program is a health care program designed to promote health and wellness to those ineligible for health insurance. Enrolled participants have access to preventative care services, free of charge, at either Brighter Beginnings, La Clinica de La Raza, or LifeLong Medical Care. There are no monthly premiums or copays.
What does the CARES program cover?
- Health Evaluations, diagnosis and treatment services
- Adult Immunizations
- Health education and chronic disease management
- Basic lab services related to primary care
- Basic radiology (X-ray) services
- 24 Hour Nurse Advice Line (877)661-6230
Specialty care, dental, vision, emergency care, and hospitalization are not covered benefits. Participants needing emergency care or hospitalization may go to any hospital.
Who is eligible for this program?
Must be 19 years of age or older
Must reside in Contra Costa County
Must earn no more than 138% of the federal poverty line
Must not be eligible for other health insurance
How to Apply
1. Call to Schedule your Appointment to Enroll
Brighter Beginnings: (510) 213-6681 Locations: Richmond, Antioch
LifeLong Medical Care: (510) 215-9092 Locations: Richmond, Pinole, San Pablo, Rodeo
La Clinica de La Raza: (925)363-2000 Locations: Pittsburg, Concord, Oakley
2. Go to your Appointment
Make sure to bring proof of:
- Identity (an ID)
- Residence (a bill with your address and name)
- Income (paystub/W-2)
3. Your CARES ID
If you are approved, you will receive a CARES ID card (pink card). Congratulations! You can now receive primary care at the health center you enrolled with, at no charge.
Reporter Luz Peña from Univision covered the thoughtful testimony of a Contra Costa CARES participant, Corona, at La Clinica de La Raza, Monument. She describes how CARES has helped her through a difficult period. We also hear from Dr. Espiranza Ospino, as she provides expert advise regarding the importance of primary care. Click here to view the video now.
Reporter Sandra Bermudez from Telemundo Noticias 48 spoke with providers at LifeLong Medical Care to discuss Contra Costa CARES. In this clip, we learn about Anna’s story, and how CARES played a crucial role in her battle with cancer. Click here to watch the video.