SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

Santa Cruz County Human Services Department said the percentage of Latinos, who are signing up for Covered CA, is falling short of enrollment expectations.

Santa Cruz County estimates that 8,000 newly eligible Medi-Cal clients and 20,000 uninsured or under-insured who will qualify for tax credits, will be enrolled over the next 2-3 years.

That's why the county wants to offer two free community health fairs targeted to Santa Cruz County residents on Jan. 22 & Jan. 24. They will feature workshops about low-cost or no-cost insurance through Covered California, Medi-Cal. One workshop will be in Santa Cruz; the second in Watsonville.

According to the county, nearly 500,000 Californians have successfully enrolled for health care insurance with Covered California since the health exchange opened Oct. 1. Santa Cruz County said it wants to boost that number.

Santa Cruz Health Fair:

WHEN: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 22

WHERE: Calvary Episcopal Church 532 Center Street
WHO: County Supervisors John Leopold and Neal Coonerty
Giang Nguyen, Health Services Agency Director
Deborah Narvaez, SEIU 521 Director

Watsonville Health Fair:

WHEN: 12 Noon - 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24

WHERE: Veterans Hall
215 E. Beach Street, Watsonville
WHO: County Supervisor Greg Caput
Rep. Sam Farr
Dori Rose Inda, Salud Para La Gente, Chief Executive Officer
Deborah Narvaez, SEIU 521 Director