Health Care Resources
There is a somewhat complex patchwork of programs and agencies making health care services available to immigrants. This is an attempt to provide information about those services and agencies.
AVAILABLE PROGRAMS TO PAY FOR CARE:
PRUCOL provides Full-Scope Medi-Cal. It stands for Permanently Residing in the U.S. Under Color Of Law and is a category used solely for Medi-Cal, not for immigration purposes. An immigrant may claim to be PRUCOL when they have a good faith belief that U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) knows of their presence in the U.S. and does not intend to deport them. PRUCOL includes immigrants who have applied for legal status and are waiting for a response. Some examples of PRUCOL status include:
Others eligible for Full-Scope Medi-Cal include:
Beginning in 2022 Medi-Cal coverage will be extended to undocumented immigrants age 50 and over.
Dignity Health has a free mobile wellness clinic (accepts donations) which provides certain services including:
Their website is dignityhealth.org and search for wellness clinic. That leads to a monthly calendar with variable hours and locations. Appointments are recommended and can be made by calling 831-462-7589
Rotacare provides a free clinic Tuesday evenings at Star of the Sea Church. It is first come first served, doors open at 5:00 PM. More information available at 831-588-7004.
Medi-Cal Home Clinics:
These clinics provide primary care services to their clients. They charge sliding scale fees for uninsured people and have eligibility workers who can assist with getting Medi-Cal coverage.
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Provides Medi-Cal care for individuals with Medi- Cal, MediCruz and self-pay.
Santa Cruz Health Center located on 1080 Emeline Street | Phone number (831)454-4000
Watsonville Health Center at 1430 Freedom Blvd | Phone number (831)763 - 8400
Homeless Persons’ Health Project (HPHP) located on 115-A Coral St. | Phone number (831)454-2080
In addition to Medi-Cal care, mental health counseling/ services are available and referrals to specialists. These clinics are an excellent resource for people who need to see an eligibility worker and establish coverage.
Santa Cruz Community Health
Provides primary care services including pediatrics, women’s health and prenatal care, chiropractic, acupuncture, counseling, and insurance enrollment at two locations:
Call (831) 427- 3500 to make appointments at either location. They accept Medi-Cal, can help clients enroll, and offer a sliding scale for uninsured clients.
Salud para la Gente
Primary care clinics at several locations in Watsonville and Freedom. Dental and vision services provided, prenatal care, pediatrics, counseling. Their website says: "We serve everyone in the Pájaro Valley community — whether or not you are able to pay." You can call us day or night for help and advice. We can help you apply for health insurance and other kinds of assistance. Call (831) 728 - 0222 to schedule a appointment.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Both locations provide primary care and reproductive health care, adults and children:
Call (831) 426 - 5550 to schedule a appointment in the Santa Cruz location
Call (831) 724 -7525 to schedule a appointment in the Watsonville location.
Accept Medi-Cal. Do not provide primary care services to uninsured but do provide reproductive health services on sliding scale to uninsured.
Dientes Community Dental has bilingual offices in Santa Cruz and Watsonville. They accept Medi-Cal and charge a sliding scale fee based on documented income for people who are uninsured. Call the main clinic at (831) 464 - 5409 to schedule a appointment.
Salud para la Gente provides basic dental and emergency care and referrals in Watsonville. They accept Medi-Cal and have a sliding scale for uninsured clients. Call (831) 728 - 0222 to schedule a appointment.
Private Dental Offices
There are several in the county who accept Medi-Cal. See the PDF from Santa Cruz Health Agency linked at the bottom of the document for Watsonville. In Santa Cruz, Western Dental and Dr. Mohana Awasthi accept Medi-Cal.
Several in the county accept Medi-Cal. See the link to the PDF from Santa Cruz Health Agency at the bottom of the document.
Counseling is available, though somewhat limited and often offered by phone, through the clinics at Santa Cruz County Health and Santa Cruz Community Health, as well as Planned Parenthood and Salud para la Gente.