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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

Discounts and Charity Care


Contra Costa Health Services has instituted a Charity Care Program and a Discount Payment Program to enable qualifying uninsured and underinsured individuals to obtain free or discounted medical care.

Who Is Eligible for Charity Care?

  • Residents of Contra Costa who:
    • have income that does not exceed 150% of the federal income guidelines.
    • have assets with values no greater than $2,000 per individual or $3,000 per family, excluding retirement accounts.
    • have real property with values not exceeding $6,000.
    • are not eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.
    • are not members of HMO or PPO health insurance plans.
    • Citizenship or legal residency is not required.
    • No cost to eligible persons.

Who Is Eligible for Discounts?

  • Eligible individuals do not have to be residents of Contra Costa.
  • Individuals whose income does not exceed 350% of the federal income guidelines.
  • Individuals must be uninsured or underinsured to the extent they have out of pocket medical expenses in the prior 12 months that exceed 10% of the family income.
  • Assets and real property excluded from eligibility determination.
  • Citizenship or legal residency is not required.
  • Eligible individuals receive a 35% discount on their medical bills.

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