What is the uninsured rate in San Diego?
As of 2014, the uninsured rate for California was at
11. 9 percent, with 10. 4 percent of residents receiving Medicare and 26. 5 percent receiving Medi-Cal and assistance
from other public programs.
9 A total of 34 percent of California residents have annual incomes of less than $25, 000;
and that same demographic is likely to be uninsured.
this income level, people are potentially eligible for Medi-Cal; however, they might be ineligible for other reasons,
such as not being a citizen, which is the most common
cause. Of the remaining uninsured, one in four is 25–34
years old, one in three is a noncitizen, and more than
half are Latino.
10 Most of the uninsured ( 62 percent) were
10 The percent of uninsured individuals in San
Diego is 12. 4 percent.
How do patients find out about Project Access San
Community health centers and PCPs who provide services
to uninsured individuals may refer these patients to Project
Access San Diego for necessary specialty care. The Champions for Health medical director reviews referrals to ensure
physicians assist those patients most in need of their services.
(Extensive referral guidelines are posted on the Champions for Health website.) Once approved, a Project Access
care manager becomes the primary contact for the patient
and provides this individual with one-on-one assistance in
navigating the health care system, as well as assistance with
transportation and translation services.
What are the criteria to receive care through Project
Access San Diego?
Patients must meet the clinical criteria for specialty referral
laid out on the Champions for Health website, have a health
care need of limited scope or duration, be at least 18 years
old, and must earn less than 350 percent of the federal poverty level. For 2017, the federal poverty level is $12,060 for a
Dr. Freiwald in March 2007 with patients
Harris (left) and Christian at the Médecins Sans
Frontières Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia