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CoronavirusSanta Clara County Supervisors approve subsidization of healthcare costs

Santa Clara County Supervisors approve subsidization of healthcare costs

On Tuesday, April 21, by way of a unanimous vote, the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors approved subsidization of all healthcare costs for families of 4 with income at or below $105,000 annually. Individuals making $51,000 or less a year can qualify, too. 

The coverage pertains to medically necessary services provided by County-run VMC clinics and hospitals. Families in the income bracket between $105-$170,000 annually can also get sliding-scale benefits, to the tune of between 25 and 70%, when receiving VMC care. 

County officials expect about ⅕ of Santa Clara County’s uninsured population—which totals around 100,000 people—to benefit from the provisions, meaning 20,000 or so currently uninsured residents will now have access to healthcare. Although implemented in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, this move was initially proposed by County Supervisor Joe Simitian in the early weeks of 2019.

Specifically, Simitian’s focus has been on uninsured residents who can’t afford insurance at market rates but who also don’t qualify for Medi-Cal or Medicare. Likewise, people who can’t qualify for health insurance or have medical bills in excess of 10% of their household income can qualify, as well. 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.

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