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Kern Medical Wellness Program

Kern Medical’s Wellness Program is designed to make health care available and affordable to uninsured Kern County residents. The Kern Medical Wellness Program provides eligible patients treatment by some of the community’s top medical professionals for little or no cost at Kern Medical facilities.

The emphasis of this program is to provide wellness care aimed at getting patients healthy and keeping them that way, avoiding trips to the hospital, and attending to medical conditions before they worsen. Generic prescription medicines are included, as are lab services and visits to our clinics.

However, the Kern Medical Wellness Program is not a health insurance plan. As a wellness program, it offers limited access to health care but is not intended to replace medical insurance coverage. Please consult the program handbook and information to understand services provided through the Kern Medical Wellness Program.

Kern Medical Wellness Program services are only offered at Kern Medical Facilities, and it does not cover costs for providers or facilities outside of the designated Kern Medical clinics. Patients meeting the following eligibility criteria may qualify for the Kern Medical Wellness Program:

  • Low-income resident of Kern County
  • 19-64 years old
  • Currently uninsured
  • Not eligible for any state-funded or private health plan

Here’s a look at what KMWP provides for eligible patients (program services may vary depending upon your qualified program level):

  • Physician services (including specialty care/outpatient clinics)
  • Endocrinology
  • Radiology/Imaging Services
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonary
  • Urology
  • Women’s Health
  • Neurology
  • Wellness/Health Education
  • Emergency care services
  • Laboratory services
  • Physical therapy
  • Generic Prescription – Drugs issued at either Kern Medical Sagebrush Clinic or Kern Medical Hospital Campus pharmacies. Kern Medical Physicians must prescribe prescriptions for medication.

KMWP - Program does not include:

  • Mental Health & Substance Use Recovery
  • Non-Kern Medical Emergency Room Visits
  • Inpatient Hospital Services
  • Surgery Services
  • Out-of-Network Providers/Facilities
  • Medical Equipment and Supplies
  • Brand Prescription drugs
  • Oncology Services
  • Durable Medical Equipment
  • Medical Transportation

Please note, Kern Medical Wellness Program rules, including eligibility criteria, services, and patient share of cost, and any medical services may change without notice.

Member's Share of Cost

Kern Medical Wellness Program members may have to pay a share of the cost for available medical services. Percentage of the cost will vary depending upon the specific service and the member’s program plan.

Patient Finance Programs

If you should require medical services that are not offered through Kern Medical Wellness Program, Kern Medical may be able to provide financial assistance. Please contact Kern Medical Financial Services at 661.326.2392 (option #3), to discuss if you qualify for discounted services or payment arrangements.

To apply for KMWP, please call Kern Medical’s Patient Heath Benefits Advisers office to schedule an appointment. Applications also are accepted when you visit Kern Medical’s Sagebrush Clinic.

Health Benefits Office

661.326.2392 (option #3)
1700 Mt. Vernon Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93306
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kern Medical Wellness Program Participating Locations:

Sagebrush Medical Clinic
1111 Columbus St.
Bakersfield, CA 93305

Kern Medical Main Campus
1700 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Bakersfield, CA 93306