California CareForce will return to Coachella to provide free medical, dental and vision services to those in need. All services are provided at no cost with no restrictions on who can receive them. Demand is expected to be high, so please follow the instructions set out below in the FAQs section.
FAQs About the Clinic
Where is the clinic?
46517 Arabia Street, Indio, CA 92201
SunLine Transit Agency will provide free transportation to and from the clinic for any individual that has a California CareForce wristband on their wrist. When entering the bus, please show the driver your wristband received from California CareForce, and there will be no charge for your bus transporation.
When is the clinic?
The clinic is scheduled from Friday, March 27, 2020 through Saturday, March 28, 2020. We will see patients for part of their services on March 26, 2020 in preparation for the clinic on Friday, March 27, 2020.
What services will be available?
Medical: Physical screenings, general exams, chiropractic, acupunture, hearing screening, mammography, and HIV screening.
Dental: Dental screenings, x-rays, cleanings, fillings, extractions, stay plates, and crowns
Vision: Eye health exams, vision exams, and custom prescription glasses made on-site
What services will NOT be available?
Dental: deep cleanings, root canals, and bridges
Is there any cost for these services?
No. All our services are free.
How do I receive service?
A limited number of wristbands guaranteeing next-day service will be distributed beginning at 4:00 PM on the evening proceeding each clinic day. You can only receive a wristband for the next clinic day. Wristbands for Friday will be distributed at 4:00 PM on Thursday; wristbands for Saturday will be distributed at 4:00 PM on Friday. Wristbands will be distributed between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM each evening or until they’re gone — whichever comes first.
These wristbands cannot be transferred to another individual. If the wristband has been cut, torn or altered, it may become invalid and service, or treatment, may not be given to the person in possession of the wristband. You cannot receive more than one wristband for each clinic day. You will be allocated a wristband which allows you to return at 6:30 AM, 8:30 AM or 10:30 AM on Friday or Saturday. We recommend requesting the wristband for the earliest available time on each clinic day.
You must arrive at the clinic the following day within an hour of the return time stated on your wristband to receive services.
We may also offer services to patients in a stand-by line on each clinic day. Being in the stand-by line does not guarantee service and availability is usually very limited — if we have any availability at all. This line may not be first come first serve, but may depend on the services needed. (For example, if a patient is in need of an extraction and we have oral surgeons available, we may take that patient ahead of those in need of other services.) The services available will depend on the flow of patients who have received wristbands. The recommended way to receive services is to receive a wristband beforehand.
Veterans who have their DD-214, VA card or military ID or California driver’s license/ID cards that have the military designation, do not have to receive a wristband the day before seeking services. You will be given priority to the entrance of the clinic. Please arrive by 11:00 am to be admitted to the clinic that day.
Do all the members of my family need a wristband?
Yes. Anyone receiving service MUST have a wristband.
Can children receive services?
Yes. Children ages under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian throughout the process of them receiving services.
What if I need more than one service?
Our policy is to provide only one dental or vision service per patient per day in order to meet as much demand for them as possible. Most patients can receive a medical and dental service or medical and vision service in the same day. You are more than welcome to stand in line for a second wristband for dental or vision service the following day after you have received care the first day you visit the clinic. However, you will have to wait until 4:00 PM to receive a wristband for the next day.
Do veterans get priority?
Yes. Veterans receive priority entrance to the clinic. Service will begin at 7:00 AM on each clinic day. Please arrive by 11:00 am to avoid disappointment. Veterans do NOT have to wait in line for a wristband the day before. Veterans can receive services on the same day they visit the clinic. Please look for the “Veterans Line Starts Here” sign when you arrive. Indicate that you are a veteran and bring a copy of your DD-214 or military, reserve or VA ID card or California driver’s license/ID card that has the military designation. Service is not limited to those with an honorable discharge status.
Active members and veterans of the U.S Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserve and their families will receive this service.
Are there any restrictions on who can receive service?
No. California CareForce does not have any restrictions on our services based on insurance, income, employment, age, residency, or immigration status.
Do I need insurance?
No. We will not check your insurance and having insurance does not make you ineligible to receive our services.
Do I need ID?
No. We do not require photo ID.
I think I need a tooth pulled, but I am currently taking a blood thinner. Is there anything I need to do before the clinic?
If you are currently prescribed a blood thinner and believe you may need an extraction, contact your physician prior to the clinic for instructions on how to manage, if necessary, your blood thinner. If you are regularly tested, please bring your most recent INR test result.
I received services at the clinic, but the doctor told me to come back tomorrow to receive additional treatment. Do I still need a wristband?
Yes. You need a wristband for each day you visit the clinic. If the doctor does not provide you with a golden (returning) wristband, you must stand in line to get another per the instructions above.Edit