It’s time to renew your health plan through Covered California!

November 01, 2017

Covered California’s renewal time is here and we want to make sure you have the coverage you need! We are excited to enter our fourth year of guiding our patients and community through the open enrollment process with Covered California, and look forward to helping you. AltaMed has been the state’s #1 leading enrollment entity for the past three years, and we assure you that we are dedicated to the health and well-being of our patients.

Covered California open enrollment begins November 1, 2017 and continues through January 31, 2018. It is important to take a look at your health plan during the renewal period because options and rates could change and your costs may increase. We are here to help you shop and compare to select a plan with the best rates and benefits for you and your family.

Currently, we have a three-step process for successfully renewing your health plan:

  1. Update your information. This includes income, family size, job and immigration status.

  2. Review your health plan options.

  3. Renew today! AltaMed has bilingual Certified Enrollment Counselors ready to assist you.

AltaMed is committed to making all services easily accessible to our patients by offering bilingual enrollment assistance at several of our sites, as well as the Health Information Resource Center (HIRC) in Orange County within our AltaMed Medical Group – Santa Ana, Bristol medical office. Our HRIC in Los Angeles is no longer open, given that it was not integrated within any of our clinics.

Call us today at (888) 363-1293 to schedule an appointment and review your health care options.

Changes to Come

At AltaMed, we strive to ensure that we provide a level of transparency with our patients, as patient health is our top priority. We would like to inform you that two of our health insurance carriers, Anthem Blue Cross and Molina Healthcare, will no longer be health plan options for AltaMed under the Covered California exchange, effective January 1, 2018. You can continue to see your AltaMed provider under your current plan through December 31, 2017.

If you would like to keep your AltaMed provider past December 31, 2017 you will need to select a new health plan. For assistance with selecting the best possible plan for you and your family, please schedule an appointment today with one of our bilingual Certified Enrollment Counselors by calling (888) 363-1293.

 

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AltaMed Is Here to Stay

January 01, 2016

AltaMed has been working to Provide Quality Care Without Exception for the past 45 years, and it’s a job we take seriously. An important part of that equation, especially now, is that we give you and your family members the opportunity to get the health care you need Without Exception, meaning no matter what. 

The news is full of stories and opinions on the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but as of now, there have been no changes to the ACA or Medi-Cal. You can, and should, continue to use your health care coverage in the same manner you have been, and we will let you know if anything shifts. 

If you qualify for Medi-Cal but aren’t enrolled, be sure to do that now, not only so you have access to health care services, but also to show just how necessary these programs are. We can help you with that process. Just give us a call at (877) 462-2582.

Over the nearly five decades that AltaMed has worked with the communities of Southern California, we’ve witnessed a lot of changes, but none have altered our goal of providing our patients with Quality Care. We are here and we aren’t going anywhere. 

If you are interested in learning more about how AltaMed may be impacted and want to take action, please go to www.saveourchcs.org.  We also encourage you to send us your health center stories. Your story is our story and we want to hear from you. Your story helps us explain the benefit of our community health centers. You can e-mail your story to Elizabeth Bille.


 

Take Care with Your Health Care

October 08, 2018

We’ve all heard the saying, “If you don’t use it, you lose it,” and the same sentiment can be applied to your health plan. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an additional estimated 20 million Americans now have health coverage. It’s up to you to make sure you take advantage of everything your insurance has to offer. 

Beyond taking a closer look at the details of your specific plan, here are a few easy and basic ways to make the most of the benefits included in your health coverage. 

  • Wellness Visit: These provide an overall picture of your health and how you can make improvements by checking stats like blood pressure, cholesterol, body mass index (BMI) and weight.
  • Preventive Services: Keeping you healthy is just as important to your provider as it is to you. So be sure to use any and all free services they offer, which can include immunizations, colonoscopies, diabetes checks, contraceptives, osteoporosis and anemia screenings, prenatal care and mammograms, just to name a few.
  • Education: Many plans include classes on fitness, nutrition, overall healthy living and chronic disease management. 
  • Annual Physical: Preventive exams are key to catching any serious health issues like cancer and diabetes early, before they start, or early enough to be properly treated. It’s also a great time to talk to your doctor about any health concerns you may have, and to get important shots and vaccinations. 
  • Discounts: You’d be surprised what kind of health and wellness products and services may be available through your insurance. Think discounts on gym memberships, eye exams, and chiropractic or acupuncture visits, as well as programs and support groups to help quit smoking. 
  • Nurse Advice Line: Typically available 24/7, you can save yourself and your family a trip to the emergency room or urgent care by calling these helplines , which have registered nurses on hand to answer your questions and point you in the right direction. 
  • Prescriptions: Not only is medication more affordable if your doctor prescribes you the generic version, but if your plan has a mail service pharmacy option, you’ll be able to save a trip to the pharmacy.