Shasta is a county located in the northern California, and was established in 1850. The county was named after Mount Shasta and was derived from a name of an Indian tribe. Shasta County has a total area of 3,847.44 square miles reaching from the Sacramento Valley to the southern reaches of Cascade Range. This county is famous for its wonderful outdoor destinations. Many visitors were attracted by the county’s natural beauty, numerous restaurants, and a variety of shopping areas. In this research paper, I will discuss about general demographics and socioeconomic status of Shasta County breaking down into age and ethnicities. In addition, I will also elaborate on the public health services and programs available to individuals in this…show more content… In addition, child poverty rate in Shasta County is 25.3%, which is 2.5% higher than the average percentage of children poverty in California.
According to the UCLA 2011, Adult’s Health Profile, the percent total of uninsured citizens between ages of 18 to 64 inShasta County is 26.5%, which had uninsured rates above the statewide average of 26.4%. The total insured citizens in Shasta County estimated to be 75%, access healthcare coverage through Medicare, Medi-Cal (California’s version of Medicaid for low-income people), employment-based insurance, or private health insurance. To be more specific, about 50.4% of total citizens are on employment-base insurance, 9.6% are under medi-Cal, and 13.6% are under other types of coverage. In 2014, U.S. citizens and legal residents will be required to have health care coverage. Therefore, those uninsured must have access to health care coverage in any way.
The Medi-Cal Managed Care system for Shasta County is the COHS Model (County Organized Health System), also known as the Healthy Families Program. This program“administers a capitated, comprehensive, case-managed health care delivery system. This system has responsibilities for utilization control and claims administration and Medi-Cal covered health care services to all Medi-Cal beneficiaries who are legal residents of the county” (Department of Health Care Services, 2009). This model has been shown to be the most efficient Medi-Cal managed care model for improving patient