New Health Insurance Options for San Mateo County Residents - Pre-enrollment in Covered California is now Open!
Starting January 1, 2014, most people will be required to have health insurance as a part of the federal health care law. Californians who don't have health insurance or have purchased a policy themselves because they are self employed or their employers don't provide it can now purchase policies through Covered California, the state's new marketplace or "exchange."
You may be eligible for Medi-Cal, tax credits or reduced cost health coverage plans if you choose to enroll in health coverage through Covered California. To learn more or to apply on your own, visit www.coveredca.com or contact the San Mateo County Health Coverage Unit. If you are/will be a BHRS client, schedule a free health coverage screening appointment for assistance. Get covered by January 1, 2014 (grace period ends March 31, 2014).
If you are seeking County mental health or substance use services, you must have health coverage, or be willing to apply for coverage.
Below is information about available coverage options to give you an idea of what you may qualify for, what is covered, how to apply and how to get help. If you are interested in applying for health coverage, please schedule a free Health Coverage Screening appointment.
Primary Public Health Insurance/Coverage Programs
ACE (Access to Coverage for Everyone)
Medicaid Coverage Expansion (MCE)
Targeted Low Income Children's Program (TLICP)
Free Health Coverage Screening and Application Assistance
Each individuals' situation is unique. That's why Behavioral Health & Recovery Services offers FREE assistance to help you apply for and obtain coverage. We can help determine which programs you may qualify for, explain how they work, what they cost and help you apply. We're here to assist you through the entire application process.
Understanding the Implementation of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008
Note: Legal immigration status is not required to access free or low cost health insurance in San Mateo County. If you have private insurance that does not cover mental health or substance use services for the care required for your treatment, you may still qualify for public health coverage. Individuals who do not qualify for coverage may still be eligible for services through other resources.