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Coronavirus Santa 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 is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.
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