Access to healthcare and related services are crucial to the economically disadvantaged. For people living in poverty, or within one or two missed paychecks of poverty, access to medical care can make the difference between security and homelessness. Access to healthcare can prevent illness or injuries that would make it impossible to maintain employment, and can avoid time-intensive trips to the emergency room, which can cost an individual hours worked, their paycheck, and possibly their job.
Those transitioning from treatment, incarceration, homelessness, or poverty are more likely to be unaware of available services. California operates a complex and ever-changing network of support services, of which the Center for Living and Learning is a proud member. However, individuals re-entering society and the workforce may be unaware of available services, or have out-of-date knowledge about how the system works. They may also receive misinformation about the true availability of services, such as access to affordable health coverage.
The Center for Living and Learning provides enrollment in Covered California and Medi-Cal for its members. Securing health insurance, either through a private provider or government program, is one of the most important steps towards re-entering the workforce. By helping our members secure medical coverage, we not only help improve their health and employability, we enable them to responsibly manage their healthcare options, so they can seek the necessary support for overcoming whatever medical barriers to employment they may face.
CLL also provides assistance accessing treatment plans and case management services, as well as making referrals for dental, vision, substance abuse treatment, and mental health services. By guiding our members towards the necessary support structures for overcoming the obstacles they face, we provide vital support on their journey towards successfully re-integrating into our society and economy.