Low-income Tulare County residents can enroll in the TulareCare health-care program starting Monday.
Enrollment is open to people ages 19 to 64 whose income is below 75% of the poverty level, the county said. An estimated 1,500 people are expected to qualify. Applications will be taken at TulareWorks offices, county clinics and hospital emergency rooms.
The program includes medical and lab services, mental health benefits, physical therapy, podiatry, prosthetic and orthotic services and prescriptions. Those covered can choose a primary care physician.
The county said the program should reduce indigent patients' use of emergency rooms for basic services and aligns the county with the federal Affordable Care Act.