Purchase and Referred Care (PRC) / Contract Health Services (CHS)
The PRC Program is integral to providing comprehensive health care services to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) through contracted health services.
The combination of an increasing AI/AN population, limited funding, medical inflation, and limited competitive pricing and options requires strict adherence to program guidelines to ensure the most effective use of PRC resources. These guidelines apply to qualifying factors such as medical priorities of care and eligibility requirements.
SFHC is the payer of last resort and requires patients to exhaust all health care resources available to them from private insurance, state health programs such as Medi-Cal and Partnership, and other federal programs such as Medicare and Veterans Benefits before the PRC program can provide payment.
Individuals requesting PRC/CHS must complete the Patient Registration Process and furnish proof of their PRC/CHS eligibility. Proof of eligibility is in three parts:
- Indian Eligibility
- Alternate Resources.
See SFHC Policy & Procedures for detailed requirements.
All appointments need to be submitted through the PRC Department prior to the appointment date. In the event of an emergency patients need to submit the date of the ER, Hospital, Flight, Ambulance, etc. as soon as possible. Call 530-233-4591 to report an appointment or fill out the PRC Request Form below.