Health Care Services Director
Greg Diederich
500 W. Hospital Road
Benton Hall East
French Camp, CA 95231
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1020
Stockton, CA 92501
(209) 468-5610 Phone
(209) 468-5615 Fax


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Affordable Care Act Impact - San Joaquin County

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has dramatically increased the revenue from Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California), significantly lowered County costs, and expanded access to patients seeking services within the County health care system. Medicaid now provides health care coverage to 40% of San Joaquin County residents, nearly 300,000 individuals (2016 County population: 733,383). Of these enrollees, 73,773 became newly eligible under ACA Medicaid Expansion.

For San Joaquin General Hospital, San Joaquin County Clinics (the County Federally Qualified Health Centers -Look Alike) and San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services, the Medicaid Expansion (MCE) to childless adults has been the most significant and positive change of the ACA. This population had previously been uninsured and considered indigent under California statute. This population is typically very low income (under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level), homeless or housing insecure, and disconnected from preventive services or the health care system, accessing it only episodically- and most expensively –in hospital emergency departments, crisis mental health units, or in jail.

The expanded health care delivery infrastructure and population served by MCE is most in jeopardy with any repeal or (unknown) replacement of the ACA.  If federal payments for this optional expansion are repealed and California ends or curtails this program, these enrollees would once again become uninsured.

Please see the following three documents which outline the impacts of the potential repeal of the ACA.

Covered California

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is the federal law passed in 2010 to provide affordable health insurance. This historic law will change the way health insurance companies provide coverage as well as the way consumers purchase coverage.

To help those without health insurance get covered, the law also requires each state to set up their own marketplace to offer health insurance or have one provided to them by the federal government. California has chosen to create its own marketplace – Covered California.

Please visit the Covered California website to learn more about your health insurance options and valuable resources such as a cost calculator to help estimate monthly costs for premiums and maximum annual out-of-pocket based on their household size and income.

You may also contact Covered California toll-free at 1-800-300-1506 for enrollment assistance. Interpreters are available to help you select affordable coverage options.

Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Clinics

The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) issued a Notice of Federally Qualified Health Center Look- A-Like (FQHC-LAL) designation to San Joaquin County for the San Joaquin County Clinics (SJCC). The designation is awarded to six primary care clinic locations; three clinics located at 1414 N. California Street in Stockton, and three clinics on the campus of San Joaquin General Hospital in French Camp. The Stockton location includes Pediatric, Family Practice and OB/GYN clinics; the French Camp location includes Primary Medicine, OB/GYN and Family Medicine clinics.

The FQHC-LAL designation will allow SJCC to remain financially viable and maintain access for needed medical care for San Joaquin County residents. To learn more about FQHC-LAL, please visit

FQHC-LAL Designation Press Release

Board Members Needed for Federal Qualified Health Center Look-Alike Status for SJGH Clinics

Your help is needed to identify patients from the Family Medicine, Primary Care, Pediatric, Family Practice and Healthy Beginnings Clinics (French Camp or California Street) who will comprise the majority of an 11-person community board to oversee operations of the San Joaquin County Clinics, newly designated by the federal government as FQHC Look-A-Likes. Members of this board should reflect the demographics of the patients we serve; therefore we need to get additional information (see application addendum) from each potential member regarding their ethnicity. For more information, please contact Samantha Phillips-Bland at 468-6160 ( or Cynthia King at Health Care Services, at 468-5610 (

For more information, please refer to Board Application Packet

Medical Financial Assistance Program

The Medical Financial Assistance Program (MFAP), located at San Joaquin General Hospital, offers health care coverage for services at San Joaquin County facilities for those who meet the eligibility requirements, which include being a legal resident of San Joaquin County, gross income of less than 200% of the Federal Poverty Level, and who do not have eligibility or access to other coverage such as Medi-Cal, private health insurance, or Workers’ Compensation.  This program fulfills the County Mandate under Welfare and Institutions Code 17000.  For more information on the Medical Financial Assistance Program, please visit

Medical Financial Assistance Application: English | Spanish