The Alliance is a regional non-profit health plan established in 1996 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. Using the State’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, we currently serve the communities of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced counties by working in partnership with our contracted providers to improve access to quality health for those we serve. We accomplish this by linking members to primary care physicians and clinics that deliver timely services and preventive care, and arrange referrals to specialty care.
After 20 years of building relationships locally, we now serve 352,806 members, have 7,143 providers in our network, and many valued community partners with whom we collaborate and innovate to serve our mission of accessible, quality health care guided by local innovation. The Alliance is governed with local representation from each county on our Board of Commissioners.
The community section of our website offers links to community resources, information on health care reform, and details about the Alliance’s exciting new
Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program. Please read on to learn more.
Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program
Investing In Our Community
The Alliance’s Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program offers grants to community organizations to support efforts that advance our mission and increase Medi-Cal capacity in our service area. With the dynamic growth of the Medi-Cal population under health care reform, expanding Medi-Cal capacity is vital to ensure our members have timely access to quality health care services. Over the next several years we will prudently invest a portion of our fund balance to develop Medi-Cal capacity in three focus areas: Provider Capacity, Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder Services, and High Utilizer Support Resources.
Please visit the Medi-Cal Capacity Grant Program section for more details.
Health Care Reform and the Affordable Care Act
The Alliance partnered with Covered California and the counties in our service area (Santa Cruz, Monterey and Merced) to develop publications that provide our community with vital information about the Affordable Care Act.
Please visit the Health Care Reform section for resources about how to apply for health coverage, eligibility requirements, and contact information for Covered California, county health agencies, and local enrollment counselors. Publications (flyers and posters) are available for your use and presentations are accessible for what you need to know about health care reform.