An expanded Monterey County pilot health care program has launched for local residents ineligible for government-backed coverage because they are in the country illegally.
On Wednesday, Communities Organized for Relational Power in Action (COPA), the Monterey Bay Central Labor Council, and Building Healthy Communities will be joined by Supervisor Jane Parker and county Health Department director Elsa Jimenez and others at the event designed to mark the program’s kick-off and explain its benefits. (Monterey Herald)
Hospital Council, participating hospitals, the shelter provider, elected officials, and community leaders celebrated the opening of the first Medical Respite Center (MRC) in Monterey County on May 24, 2016. The MRC is a public/private partnership between Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, Community Homeless Solutions, and Hospital Council.
The Board of Supervisors gave a unanimous thumbs-up Tuesday to a pilot project that promises to deliver expanded health care services to uninsured and undocumented residents of Monterey County.
The board voted 5-0 to invest $500,000 into the as yet unnamed project. Health officials said the program could begin in October. But supervisors asked for more specifics about client eligibility, contracts and lists of services before the program kicks off. (Salinas Californian)
Natividad Medical Center’s emergency department was bustling about noon on Wednesday, treating three trauma patients during the Monterey County-owned hospital’s second week of operating as the area’s first Level II trauma center.
It wasn’t quite as busy as last weekend when the emergency department took in six trauma patients during one 24-hour period.
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