Local Catholic Charities improve access to healthcare

Research shows that increasing access to healthcare reduces poverty. ¹ Reducing poverty in California is a priority for Catholic Charities of California and Local Catholic Charities Organizations. For decades, Local Catholic Charities Organizations have assisted lower-income Californians to enroll in health coverage and access essential health services.

Research also shows that each year, thousands of eligible Californians would not enroll in coverage without the kind of assistance that Catholic Charities organizations provide. Most commonly, eligible Californians do not enroll in health coverage because of confusion or fears about the application process.

Local Catholic Charities organizations reach out to eligible Californians in community settings. Catholic Charities staff provide accurate, easy to understand information about Medi-Cal and Covered California health coverage. Catholic Charities staff also supports applicants throughout the enrollment process, from start to finish.

In 2016, a new State law has made undocumented minors eligible for full Medi-Cal coverage. As trusted community organizations, Catholic Charities successfully engage undocumented youth, many of whom are wary or unaware of the new law, and assist them to complete the enrollment process.

Since 2013, Catholic Charities of California’s healthcare access programs have helped over 10,000 lower-income Californians across the state to apply for Medi-Cal and Covered California health coverage. Catholic Charities of California ranks in the top eight percent of over 850 Covered California Certified Enrollment Entities (CEEs) for number of healthcare coverage enrollments.

Participating Local Catholic Organizations include Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, Monterey, East Bay, Stockton, Fresno, Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino.

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¹ http://chicagopolicyreview.org/2014/01/20/reducing-poverty-how-medicaid-does-more-than-just-improve-access-to-healthcare-in-cities/