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.
Information for individuals who are not eligible for the Basic Health Care Program
To balance the county budget in 2009, some difficult cuts had to be made regarding eligibility for health care coverage in Contra Costa County. As a result, adults who are not permanent legal residents are no longer eligible for coverage under the County's Basic Health Care program. In response, Contra Costa Health Services formed agreements with the nonprofit community health centers, paying them on a per visit basis for primary care services to people who are not permanent legal residents. The Board of Supervisors also allocated $1.5 million from the County's general fund reserves to continue providing primary care to persons who are not permanent legal residents through the community based health centers located throughout the geographic regions of the county. Those community clinics are La Clinica de la Raza, Brookside Community Health Center and Planned Parenthood.
Contra Costa Health Services continues to:
Provide pregnancy care using restricted Medi-Cal funds
Provide care to children who are not permanent legal residents under the age of 19 enrolled on the Basic Health Care Program
Provide critical specialty care and emergency services
Permanent legal residency or U.S. citizenship is not required for:
Mental Health Services
Health Care for the Homeless
HIV/AIDS health care provided through the AIDS Program in CCHS Public Health Department
Family Planning services through the Public Health Department in the Women's Health, Homeless and STD clinics
Alcohol and Other Drugs Services
Contra Costa Health Plan Advice Nurses continue to provide services to all residents of Contra Costa County, 24/7, by telephone at 877-661-6230, Option #1.
Persons in need of emergency care can be seen at any hospital emergency room.
Here is information about the changes, free or low-cost resources and medical supplies, and options for health care services.