Celebrating MLK Day

January 02, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. was not a man of few words. “The time is always right to do what is right,” is one of his many important quotes, and advice we should especially take to heart on January 15th, his birthday, which is nationally celebrated as MLK Day.

In the U.S., we use the third Monday of every January to honor Dr. King by celebrating his idea of freedom and justice for all. On this day, people not just in the U.S., but around the world, reflect on interracial and intercultural cooperation to bring about an end to conflict.

Dr. King often asked, “What are you doing for others?” Take a moment to think about this, and no matter how big or small the effort, know that spending even just a few minutes of your day to help someone out can have a positive effect. Whether you and your loved ones volunteer at a soup kitchen or bring a struggling family in your neighborhood a meal, you’re making a difference.

For ideas on how you can be of service in your community, click here. There, you’ll find plenty of great ideas, from organizing a food or blood drive to removing graffiti or creating a shared community green space.

In Los Angeles, we’re also given the opportunity to be able to witness and participate in the Kingdom Day Parade, which takes place along MLK Jr. Blvd., between Western Avenue and Crenshaw Boulevard. This year marks King’s 89th birthday and applies the theme “When they go low, we go high.”

Museums and volunteer organizations throughout the city will also be offering fun-filled events to educate families on how they can help continue making Dr. King’s dream a reality.

Want to volunteer with AltaMed? Join us for the 7th Annual Roosevelt High School Beautification Day. RSVP today.

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Last Chance to Enroll in Covered California for 2018

January 02, 2018

Don’t worry! There’s still time to enroll for health insurance coverage. You have until January 31, 2018, but don’t wait until the last week! Congratulations to all of our patients who have reviewed their options and renewed or signed up for coverage. For those who haven’t, start the year off right and ensure you are enrolled.

It’s important to take a look at your health plan during the renewal period to see if options and rates have changed or if your costs have increased. We’re here to help you shop and compare to select a plan with the rates and benefits that best fit you and your family.

Why it’s important to enroll:

  • Eight out of 10 people in California qualify for health insurance premium discounts via tax credits.
  • Tax penalties will remain the same as last year, at $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, up to $2,085 per family (or 2.5 percent of the household income - whichever amount is higher). The tax bill signed in December 2017 eliminates the penalty, but this doesn't take effect until 2019.
  • Preventive services covered by insurance help detect conditions early and avoid expensive emergency care.

It’s our privilege to assist you in renewing or applying for health insurance for the first time. We know how confusing this information can be and we’re here to help.

Enrollment Assistance

In Los Angeles, we have shifted our presence by closing our Health Insurance Resource Center (HIRC), and providing our patients with more accessible service. We now have Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) available at our medical offices to better assist you during the enrollment period. In Orange County, we will continue assisting our community at our Health Insurance Resource Center in Santa Ana, and select medical offices will also have CECs available.

Call us today at (888) 363-1293 to schedule an appointment and we will review your coverage options.

Changes to Come

One of our health insurance carriers, Anthem Blue Cross, will no longer be a health plan option under the Covered California exchange, effective January 1, 2018. If you are currently covered by Anthem Blue Cross and would like to keep your AltaMed provider, please schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Enrollment Counselors. They will be able to ensure that you keep your current provider and are enrolled with the best possible plan for you and your family.

 

New Year On the Block

January 02, 2018

There’s something inspiring about the start of a new year, which is why we feel compelled to make fresh-faced resolutions for the next 365 days to come. From exercise goals to financial agendas to travel dreams, the challenge lies not in setting promising intentions, but in keeping them.

Here are some easy guidelines to help set and stick with your positive goals for 2018.

  • Be Realistic: Start small, not only with the resolution itself, but with the number you make. Instead of vowing to hit the gym every day, aim to get physical two to three times a week.
     
  • Be Thoughtful: Change comes from within, so make your resolutions for you, not for someone else.
     
  • Be Specific: Focus on what behavioral changes you’ll need to make to reach your goal, then make a plan and write it down. For instance, if you want take a big summer trip, think about some easy steps you can take to save money, like bringing your lunch to work instead of eating out.
     
  • Be Inclusive: Talk to your family and friends about your intentions, and with their support, your chances of success are all the greater. And who knows? Maybe they’ll be inspired to join in the effort, and as we’ve all heard: team work makes the dream work.
     
  • Be Kind: The path from A to B is not going to be a straight line. You may stumble along the way, but don’t quit while you’re ahead! Celebrate your milestones along the way, both good and bad. It’s all part of the process.

AltaMed wishes you a happy and successful year to come!