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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 16, 2018, 9:52 am

Poor air quality in Contra Costa is expected to continue through the weekend due to the Camp Fire in Butte County. Stay indoors when possible and keep doors and windows closed. Avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, persistent coughing, wheezing, chest tightness, heart palpitations, nausea, fatigue or light-headedness. Visit for air quality information. Visit for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit for smoke-related health information.

Healthy Families

The Healthy Families Program (HFP) is a state program that provides low-cost medical, dental, and vision insurance for low-income and middle-income children.

**IMPORTANT NOTICE**: A new law in California says that children in HFP will move to Medi-Cal. This move will take place over one year, starting no sooner than January 1, 2013. HFP is no longer accepting new applications. However, the current enrollment for AIM babies will not change.

If your child was already enrolled in HFP, your child will transition to Medi-Cal in one of four phases over the course of the year. You will receive information from the State about when the move to Medi-Cal will happen for your child and what you may need to do. Currently, Contra Costa children are scheduled to transition no sooner than March 1, 2013.

Please visit the State website to view Frequently Asked Questions regarding this transition. HFP subscribers can contact the HFP Call Center toll-free at 1-866-848-9166. Non-HFP individuals can contact toll-free at 1-800-880-5305.

For additional information in Contra Costa County, you may call a Financial Counselor at 1-800-771-4270.