Mariposa and San Benito Counties have a new Medi-Cal health plan

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Scotts Valley, Calif., January 2, 2024 — Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance), the Medi-Cal managed care health plan that previously served over 428,000 residents in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, is proud to announce its expansion to serve the communities of Mariposa and San Benito counties. This strategic initiative, which went into effect January 1, 2024, underscores the Alliance’s commitment to providing trusted, no-cost Medi-Cal benefits to nearly 28,000 Medi-Cal beneficiaries in these two counties.

“Mariposa and San Benito counties have chosen to partner with the Alliance through its locally governed public health plan, reinforcing the organization’s dedication to improving health inequities through community-driven health care solutions,” said Michael Schrader, the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer. “The Alliance, with a history dating back to 1996, has a proven record of providing access to Medi-Cal health care through local provider networks, maintaining a strong local presence and understanding the unique needs of the communities it serves.”

To locally serve the needs of beneficiaries, the Alliance has established offices in Mariposa and San Benito with member walk-in hours. The organization is actively engaging with community leaders, healthcare partners and residents in the new counties to foster strong community partnerships.

The five-county governing board is comprised of government officials, health care partners and community leaders from each of the counties in the Alliance service area, and it is responsible for setting policy and strategic priorities as well as ensuring the overall effectiveness of the health plan.

Current Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Mariposa and San Benito counties automatically transitioned to the Alliance effective January 1st. They will receive a welcome packet and information on accessing health care as an Alliance member. For inquiries, Medi-Cal beneficiaries in these counties may contact member services at 1-800-700-3874 or visit www.thealliance.health/mariposa-sanbenito for Alliance office locations, member walk-in hours and other relevant information. Residents interested in determining their eligibility for Medi-Cal should contact their local enrollment agency.

About Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance)

The Alliance is a Regional Medi-Cal managed care health plan established in 1996, dedicated to improving access to health care for members in Merced, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Mariposa and San Benito counties. Operating under the state’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, the Alliance connects members with providers to deliver timely services and care, emphasizing prevention, early detection and effective treatment. With vision of “healthy people, healthy communities,” the Alliance remains committed to enhancing access to quality health care for its members. For more information, visit www.thealliance.health.


Linda Gorman is the Communications Director at Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance). She oversees the Alliance’s strategic communications plan across all channels and audiences, identifying opportunities to raise awareness about the Alliance and key health topics. Linda has been with the Alliance since 2019 and has over 20 years of marketing and communications experience in the not-for-profit, insurance, and health care sectors. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications and Leadership.