The Alliance is an award-winning regional non-profit health plan, established in 1996, with over 20 years of successful operation. Using the State’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, we currently serve 352,806 members in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties. We work in partnership with our contracted providers to promote prevention, early detection and effective treatment, and improve access to quality health care for those we serve. This results in the delivery of innovative community-based health care services, better medical outcomes and cost savings. The Alliance is governed with local representation from each county on our Board of Commissioners.
What We Do
The Alliance is a health plan that was developed to improve access to health care for lower income residents who often lacked a primary care “medical home” and so relied on emergency rooms for basic services. The Alliance has pursued this mission by linking members to primary care physicians and clinics that deliver timely services and preventive care, and arrange referrals to specialty care.
Who We Serve
Our members represent a combined average of 36% of the population in Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties. We serve seniors, persons with disabilities, low-income mothers and their children, children who were previously uninsured, pregnant women, home care workers who are caring for the elderly and disabled, and low-income, childless adults ages 19-64.
Our programs currently include Medi-Cal Managed Care serving Santa Cruz, Monterey, and Merced counties; Alliance Care In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) in Monterey County; and the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) in Monterey County.
The Alliance partners with 7,143 providers to form our provider network, with 80% of primary care physicians and 77% of specialists within our service area contracted to provide services to our members.
For regularly updated information on the Alliance at a glance, please see our quarterly Fact Sheet.
To learn more about who we are, what we do, and why it matters, read our Report to Community.