Department of Social Services provides medical assistance to refugees. Eligibility for medical assistance depends on income. Your income is high and you may have to start to pay for a part of your health insurance costs. It is the law that everyone would have medical insurance through medical assistance job or paying for insurance. If you do not have medical insurance costs can be very expensive it is necessary to have medical insurance to defer such costs.  

Under the current Affordable Care Act (ACA), refugees are provided with access to care, and numerous services, including interpreter services. Additional information regarding refugee rights can be found at

The California Office of Refugee Health (ORH), in partnership with local health providers, voluntary resettlement agencies, etc., provides culturally and linguistically-appropriate comprehensive health services to newly arrived refugees, asylees, victims of severe forms of human trafficking (federally-certified), and other eligible entrants to assist them in becoming self-sufficient (

There are different levels of services in the US:  

Community Health Centers/Family Health Clinics  - These clinics provide individuals and families with access to both preventative services and ongoing care for chronic mental, physical, and dental health services. Many clinics now have pharmacy (medication) services available within the same building, so when the doctor gives you a paper prescription for a medication, you can go to a different office in the same facility and pick it up.

CVS/Walgreens Clinic - If an appointment can’t be made or care accessed through the health clinics above, urgent care is a good same-day alternative, though it is usually more expensive and for basic services minor injuries. It is staffed with physicians and nurses who can treat and provide medication prescriptions. Not good for dental or mental health services.

Urgent Care: Usually only open regular business hours, another option for life-threatening accidents and illnesses, wounds that require significant intervention can be Urgent Care. Your insurance may cover expenses of your Urgent Care visit, otherwise the cost per visit may be around $60 or more.  

Emergency Room - Emergency rooms are usually housed at a hospital or in their own building and called Urgent Care.  They are are for life-threatening accidents and illnesses, wounds that require significant intervention, or mental health care that requires significant intervention. This is generally the most costly level of care. Emergency transportation can be provided through local ambulance service, and emergency medical personnel will come to you in the event of an emergency if you dial “911” on the telephone.