FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2022
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. In preparation, the County’s Social Services Agency has been working with community partners on outreach and has readied its representatives to help residents navigate the process for new eligibility.
Full scope Medi-Cal covers the following but is not limited to outpatient (ambulatory) services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, prescription drugs, and laboratory services. Individuals can apply online through Covered California or MybenefitsCalWIN, 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
1330 W Middlefield Road
Mountain View, CA 94043
379 Tomkins Court
Gilroy, CA 95020
For residents who are most comfortable working with their current healthcare provider, 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 visit 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, specifically 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.”