The Alliance will serve Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Mariposa and San Benito counties starting Jan. 1, 2024

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Scotts Valley, Calif., November 1, 2023 — Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance), the Medi-Cal managed care health plan for more than 428,000 residents in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, will soon serve the counties of Mariposa and San Benito. Effective January 1, 2024, the Alliance will be a local ally in providing trusted, no-cost Medi-Cal benefits to approximately 28,000 new Medi-Cal beneficiaries in these counties. Both counties elected to partner with the Alliance through its locally governed public health plan.

The Alliance has been contracting with local provider networks to provide Medi-Cal health care to central California residents since 1996. In addition, the Alliance has a local presence in the communities it serves and is committed to understanding the unique needs of the communities and residents who rely on the Alliance for quality health care.

“The Alliance is excited to bring our local health care expertise to the communities of Mariposa and San Benito to ensure quality care for all ages and stages of life and for all health conditions,” said Alliance CEO Michael Schrader. “Expanding Medi-Cal managed care services to these two counties is a crucial step toward addressing health care disparities in these rural areas. Ultimately, our expansion effort is in line with our strategic goal of health equity as we look to improve health outcomes and ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate care for Medi-Cal beneficiaries across our footprint.”

To serve the needs of beneficiaries, the Alliance has established offices in Mariposa and San Benito and is actively engaging with community leaders, health care partners and residents.

Alliance staff will hold meet and greet events in both counties:

  • In San Benito County, there will be a Meet and Greet at the Community Food Bank of San Benito County in Hollister on Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • In Mariposa, there will be a Meet and Greet at the Creekside Terrace community center on Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m.

Residents who have Medi-Cal or are interested in applying are encouraged to attend to get their health plan questions answered.

Current Medi-Cal beneficiaries will automatically transition to the Alliance, and they will be contacted with a welcome packet and information on receiving health care as an Alliance member. Medi-Cal beneficiaries in Mariposa and San Benito counties may call Member Services at 1-800-700-3874 or visit www.thealliance.health/mariposa-sanbenito for Alliance office locations, member walk-in hours and other information. Residents who are interested in learning if they qualify for Medi-Cal should contact their local enrollment agency.

Central California Alliance for Health (the Alliance) is a regional Medi-Cal managed care health plan, established in 1996 to improve access to health care for over 428,000 members in Merced, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. Beginning January 1, 2024, the Alliance will also serve the counties of Mariposa and San Benito. Using the state’s County Organized Health System (COHS) model, the Alliance delivers innovative community-based health care services by connecting members with providers that deliver timely services and care, focused on prevention, early detection and effective treatment. As the Alliance vision is one of “healthy people, healthy communities,” the Alliance remains focused on efforts to improve access to quality health care for its members. For more information, visit


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.