Community Health Alliance of Pasadena Receives Major Covered California Grant to Ensure the Move to Universal Coverage

ChapCare is one of only 100 agencies funded in communities across California to make sure hard-to-reach populations that are uninsured and eligible for financial help through Covered California get the information and support they need to sign up for coverage.

Published : Tuesday, June 11, 2019 | 11:08 AM

Covered California announced on May 24th, 2019 that it intends to partner with Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) — and dozens of other community-based organizations — to educate consumers about their health care options, offer in-person enrollment and renewal assistance and provide ongoing support with getting the best value from their health plan.

The Navigator grants are part of Covered California’s ongoing commitment to work with trusted organizations throughout the state to help hard-to-reach groups understand this new era of health care.

“We know it is important for consumers in Los Angeles Region to get confidential, one-on-one help in their communities,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “Community-based organizations like ChapCare are important to their communities and instrumental in helping Californians sign up for the plan that works best for them.”

ChapCare is a non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center that has been in partnership with Covered California since 2014 to conduct outreach, education, and enrollment for consumers enrolling in health care coverage. Covered California issued an intent to award funding to ChapCare for the next grant cycle period 2019-2022 with $125,000 for the fiscal year 2019-2020. ChapCare has two subcontractors targeting Los Angeles county residents with a targeted outreach to four ethnic population groups.

“ChapCare has been committed to improving the lives of our friends and neighbors in the San Gabriel Valley for the past 21 years,” said ChapCare’s Chief Executive Officer Margaret B. Martinez, MPH. “We all benefit from stronger communities when we all have access to quality health care coverage.”

Since the launch of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, ChapCare has helped more than 10,000 consumers enroll in coverage.

“Health coverage is something that needs to be sold, particularly to young and healthy individuals who are not familiar with insurance,” Lee said. “In addition, health care is local. We are proud to bring the health care message to the Los Angeles Region in partnership with ChapCare to make sure we get everyone we can covered with health insurance that meets their needs.”

“Working with ChapCare is a tremendous opportunity to expand Covered California’s reach throughout the state,” said Terri Convey, director of Covered California’s Individual and Small Business Outreach and Sales Division. “For many people, there is nothing better than being able to sit down with someone in their community who can explain their options and help them make the best choice.”

Read Covered California’s press release here,, and view the list of Navigator organizations and the amount Covered California intends to award to each group.

The Navigator program is funded by revenue generated by Covered California. Organizations were selected through a competitive grant application process.

About ChapCare

Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) was founded in 1995 by a group of community residents, city officials, and health care agencies to establish primary healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents in the Pasadena area. ChapCare began providing medical services in 1998 and dental services in 2001. Today, ChapCare is a network of HRSA-funded community health centers that provides healthcare services to countless insured, under-insured, and uninsured residents of the San Gabriel Valley. ChapCare operates 4 health centers in Pasadena, 1 health center in Monrovia, and 3 health centers in El Monte/South El Monte. ChapCare provides 78,000 primary healthcare visits annually to 16,500 patients.

For more information on ChapCare and its services, please call (626) 398-6300 or visit








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