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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. 

Contra Costa CARES Year Five Report

Contra Costa CARES Year Four Report

Contra Costa CARES Year Three Report

Contra Costa CARES Year Two Report

Click here for an English Brochure

Click here for a Spanish Brochure

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.

Univision Covers Contra Costa CARES

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. 

 Telemundo Covers Contra Costa CARES

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.