For residents not able to receive coverage, Community Health Centers of the Central Coast provides sliding-scale medical and dental care. Tolosa Children's Dental Center also provides sliding-scale dental care. CHDP provides free well-child checkups. SLO County Mental Health has a sliding scale, and there are several no and low-cost counseling options. Hospitals also have charity care policies and the Hospital Presumptive Eligibility program may be of assistance.
Emergency care for adults who do not qualify for Medi-Cal may be available through the SLO County Public Health Medically Indigent Services Program: www.slocounty.ca.gov/Departments/Health-Agency/Public-Health/All-Public-Health-Services/Medically-Indigent-Services-Program-(MISP).aspx.
Also visit this page for free medical care options.
For help accessing care, contact a local Family Resource Center or the Public Health Nurse Navigator Program (see side bar).
Immigration & Health
For resources related to health care for immigrant families, click here.
Health Insurance Definitions
A premium is a payment that is made by a consumer, usually monthly, to purchase health insurance.
A co-pay is a pre-specified amount that the consumer pays at the doctor's office, pharmacy, or other health care provider to pay for some of the cost. For example, every time you go to the doctor, you may have a $30 copay. Not all health insurance plans have co-pays.
A deductible is the amount that must be paid by the consumer (out-of-pocket) for health care expenses before insurance covers any of the costs. Insurance plans are usually based on yearly deductible amounts. Each person in a family may have their own deductible, and prescription medicines may have their own deductible.
A managed care provider, like CenCal Health or an HMO, has a network of providers that patients can see. Patients must designate a primary care doctor. Then that doctor acts as a gateway for specialized services.
The SLO County Public Health Nurse Navigator Program helps SLO County residents get access to the health care they need.
If a resident doesn't have health insurance, needs help finding a provider, or something else related to navigating the health care system, contact the Health Care Access and Navigation staff for a free, confidential evaluation at 805-781-4838. Learn more and find a Contact Form here.
Contact an advocate or staff member at a Family Resource Center for support with non-medical needs such as food, clothing, shelter, parent education and navigating social services. A full listing of Family Resource Centers in San Luis Obispo County can be found here: