Merced County Office of Education

Health Services


Migrant students suffer from a disproportionate number of health problems because they are uninsured or underinsured and because they have a high rate of mobility. Because of the mobility and the varying services provided in different communities, they often need assistance in identifying local resources and accessing them. Supplemental health services are provided to identified migrant students who are attending school and who suffer from health problems that interfere with their ability to learn.

Types of Services

Assistance with:

  • making medical and dental appointments
  • transportation and translation when no other exists
  • finding and utilizing community resources such as CCS, CHDP, Shriners, Lions
  • understanding and using private insurance, Healthy Families Ins., or Medi-Cal
  • interpreting health information from schools or community agencies

Migrant Education advocates with agencies and providers for fair and culturally sensitive treatment. We also contract for reduced rate services with our local care providers. When no community resource exists and a family does not have the means to pay for health services, Region III has emergency treatment funds for this purpose. Prior authorization to use these funds must be obtained from the Health & Family Services Specialist through your local Health & Support Services Liaison.

Migrant Education does not insure migrant students against accidents and does not pay for ambulance or emergency room services.