Access to Health Care
Welcome to Community Clinic Consortium’s one-stop-shop for the latest updates on healthcare reform! While understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be difficult, getting the necessary information to educate yourself, your family, and your community shouldn’t have to be. From outreach materials to legislative news, let us help you stay informed with access to quality resources and more!
The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) & CoveredCA
In March 2010, President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. Since then, major changes have been made in the health care industry to expand access to quality and affordable health care coverage for all. The three aims of the law seek to improve the quality of care, expand access to and reduce the cost of health care.
The passage of the ACA not only prompted changes to health care policy nationally, but also brought about reform on state and local levels to compliment national law. California was the first state to implement a state-based exchange, Covered California, tasked with enrolling approximately 7 million uninsured residents of California into affordable health coverage.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, consumers can now shop for affordable health coverage options with greater transparency and clarity on services available and costs to make sound medical decisions for themselves and their families.
In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown elected to expand eligibility for the state Medicaid program, Medi-Cal. Beginning January 1, 2014, eligibility rules for Medi-Cal have been expanded to ensure more Californians are eligible for the program. Citizens, legal permanent residents and some lawfully present immigrants are eligible to apply. Eligibility for the program will be based on family size and monthly income ONLY.
Contra Costa CARES
Contra Costa CARES is a healthcare program for uninsured adults living in Contra Costa County. Eligible patients will have access to a range of primary and preventative healthcare services and will have access to one of three health center organizations to ensure their health remains in optimal condition. The program is available for up to 4,100 individuals on a first come first served basis. Click here for more information.
Basic Health Care Program
The Basic Health Care (BHC) program is currently available for legal permanent residents of Contra Costa County. In order to be eligible for this program, you must be:
Ineligible for Medi-Cal and cannot be a member of private HMO or PPO health plans
Earning up to 300% of the federal poverty line (FPL)
NOTE: Children, regardless of immigration status, may apply.
To find out if you are eligible for this program, contact the Contra Costa County Health Services at 1-800-771-4270. For more information on the program, please click here.
Healthy Kids Program
There are currently two health care programs available for residents of Solano County: Healthy Kids and County Medical Services Program (CMSP).
In order to be eligible for the Healthy Kids program, you must:
Be under the age of 19
Reside in Solano County
Not have had employer-sponsored health care coverage in the last 3 months
Be ineligible for Medi-Cal
Be earning up to 300% FPL (See above chart for federal poverty guidelines)
County Medical Services Program (CMSP)
In order to be eligible for the County Medical Services Program (CMSP), you must:
Reside in Solano County
Be between ages 21 – 64
Be earning up to 200% FPL
U.S. citizens or residents will receive full scope benefits.
Undocumented individuals will only receive emergency services.