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Full Medi-Cal Health Coverage Now Available to Adults 50+ Regardless of Immigration Status

The County of Santa Clara has representatives available to help eligible community members sign up for the free/low-cost health service

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.— All adults in California over the age of 50, regardless of immigration status, may now qualify for Medi-Cal, the State’s version of the federal Medicaid program that provides free or low-cost health coverage.

The expansion began on May 1, when approximately 12,220 current Medi-Cal recipients in Santa Clara County transitioned to full scope coverage. The expansion population also includes individuals who are not yet enrolled into Medi-Cal but, as of now, may be eligible. In preparation, the County’s Social Services Agency has been working with community partners to expand their outreach efforts and has readied its representatives to help residents navigate the process for new eligibility.

“We are thrilled there will now be thousands of new community members getting more comprehensive health coverage for their medical needs,” said Angela Shing, Director of Employment and Benefits Services for the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency. “We know the system can feel intimidating to many residents and our goal is to remove as many barriers as possible so that everyone who is now qualified for full scope Medi-Cal can get the full range of health benefits.”

Full scope Medi-Cal covers the following but is not limited to: having your own primary care physician, outpatient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, and laboratory services. Individuals can apply online through Covered California or Mybenefits CalWIN, by phone at (408) 758-3800, or in person at any of the sites below:

          Benefits Assistance Center
          1867 Senter Road
          San José, CA  95112

          North County
          1330 W. Middlefield Road
          Mountain View, CA  94043

          South County
          379 Tomkins Court
          Gilroy, CA  95020

For residents who are most comfortable working with their current healthcare provider or want to establish care at the County-operated health system, there is assistance available through Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Patients at SCVMC can get help navigating the process by calling 1-866-967-4677 or visiting the Patient Access Department at 770 South Bascom Avenue in San José between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“The County Health System/Santa Clara Valley Medical Center has been providing care for many of these newly eligible residents of Santa Clara County. We are excited that this expansion of Medi-Cal to persons 50 and older will allow these residents to continue to see their SCVMC provider, while accessing the full benefits Medi-Cal has to offer,” said George Hurrell, SCVMC’s Director of Business Development and Managed Care. “The SCVMC Patient Access Services team can help these residents navigate the sometimes-daunting enrollment process.”

More information is also available on the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency’s Medi-Cal website.


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Media Contact: María Leticia Gómez / Quan Vu,  Office of Communications and Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119, [email protected]

Posted: May 4, 2022