School-based health centers are playing an increasingly critical role in helping young people get enrolled in health insurance. In Alameda County, of the 20,000 children who are uninsured, 13,000 are eligible but not enrolled in Medi-Cal or Healthy Families.
“We want to use what is really a national model for bringing health care to children to help us in the effort to enroll all children who are eligible for Healthy Families,” said Alex Briscoe, Director of the Alameda County Health Services Agency.
Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan echoed that sentiment. “We go to where the kids are at and that’s been the secret to success in the county,” Chan said. “We want the county to be well in the future. So the future is truly our children. If they don’t have health insurance we think the odds of them doing well and succeeding are much lower.”
Watch a 4-minute video about Alameda County’s SBHCs and their efforts to keep kids healthy and enroll them in health insurance.