Website and database of low, no-cost healthcare providers assists Spanish-speaking Californians
SACRAMENTO – April 9, 2012 – Californians for Patient Care, a leading independent patient advocacy organization, announced the launch of its Spanish-language website and online database which provides access to more than 5,000 low- and no-cost healthcare resources in California.
“Nearly 60 percent of California’s uninsured are Latino and we are pleased to offer the Latino community a trusted resource with a variety of information about how to navigate our complicated healthcare system,” said Carmella Gutierrez. “Our Spanish-language website offers culturally and linguistically appropriate information about connecting to affordable healthcare options and many other issues of importance to the Latino community.”
People can access the Spanish-language website by visiting www.calpatientcare.org, then choosing the “Español” option at the top of the page. To access the database of low- and no-cost healthcare resources, web visitors click on the blue button on the left, labeled “Busque Servicios Gratuitos o de Bajo Costo en Su Area.” After typing in basic search information such as city or county and category of resource, Californians can find a comprehensive list of local healthcare providers and programs that provide primary, dental and mental healthcare services to the uninsured and underinsured. Along with information on local dental care and healthcare service providers, CPC also provides information on chronic disease management, how to shop for health insurance, updated information on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and links to helpful organizations and websites.
Recent statistics from the White House show that Latinos will make up roughly 28 percent of the 32 million uninsured Americans projected to gain medical coverage under the ACA. One of the goals of CPC’s Spanish-language website is to ensure that Latinos in California can access updated and easy-to-understand information and benefits about the new health law.
Annually, Californians for Patient Care assists more than 50,000 Californians locate affordable healthcare in their communities on its English-language site and those numbers are expected to increase significantly with the launch of the Spanish-language site.
“Given there are nearly 8 million people without insurance in California, it is clear more people need to know about the low- and no-cost healthcare resources in their communities, which is why we are also launching a television public service announcement (PSA) campaign statewide in both English and Spanish,” said Gutierrez. “We want every Californian to know that regardless of their economic circumstances, there are places to get the care they need, when they need it.”
Californians for Patient Care is a non-profit organization based in Sacramento dedicated to protecting the interests of patients and ensuring all California consumers have fair and equitable access to high quality healthcare. For more information, visit www.calpatientcare.org.