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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 baaqmd.gov for air quality information. Visit airnow.gov for current air quality conditions in your zip code. Visit cchealth.org/wildfire for smoke-related health information.

Public Charge and Immigration


Important Information for Patients with Medicare and those with Medicare/Medi-Cal coverage

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced in September its proposed changes to "public charge" rules that could penalize immigrants who use certain government programs including Medi-Cal. The proposal is expected to be officially published in the Federal Register on October 10, 2018.

DHS's proposed changes expand the types of benefits that may be considered for public charge.

We advise anyone concerned about how this change may impact their particular immigration circumstance to review the rule and to talk to a legal expert.

Our Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program will not be affected. Anyone who needs WIC can continue to use the program without fear of it affecting their immigration status.

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