Santa Clara Unanimously Votes to Extend Health Care to Undocumented Adults

CCHI extends its warm congratulations to Santa Clara county for extending its Community Health Partnership coverage to undocumented adults within the county!

Yesterday, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously (5-0) to support its Coverage Initiative proposal. The Coverage Initiative provides primary and specialty care services for Santa Clara’s undocumented population. This is a 12-month pilot program with $1.68 million allocated funding. Enrollment is capped at 5,000 residents. The targeted start date is in early 2016.

Santa Clara is staying ahead of the curve by already expanding their coverage to include both undocumented adults and children. As we move forward into 2016, over 250,000 children will become newly eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal, and expanding Medi-Cal to undocumented adults is the next logical step.

Health care is a human right, and access to affordable health coverage is the most important first step. Congratulations to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for having the vision to take this important step towards universal access to preventive health care in their county.

Attachments explaining the basis of their decision are below.

Mark Diel