Contra Costa and Monterey Counties Join List of Counties Providing Healthcare to Undocumented Population

47 of the state’s 58 counties now provide non-emergency healthcare to those here without documentation.

Contra Costa County had provided services before the recession, but suspended services for adults in 2009, services to undocumented children were never curtailed.

Last week, Monterey County supervisors made the decision to expand health services.

Supporters note that the expanded services should bring healthcare costs down over time because of the reduction in emergency room visits. Contra Costa Super John Giola added, “… it’s just the right thing to do for people, especially undocumented adults who are not covered under the Affordable Care Act."

The lone dissenting vote, Supervisor Candace Andersen, voiced concerns about the sustainability, as the county allocated $500,000 for a one-year pilot program. There is however, public support from three county hospitals to the tune of another $500,000.

The two counties join the 35-county coalition that expanded services to undocumented people earlier this year.

More on the county healthcare moves can be found here.