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.

 

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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.

 

Don’t Let Fear Get in the Way of Your Health

March 01, 2017

Ask yourself this: Would you rather risk having a life-threatening cancer or undergo a simple procedure? The answer seems rather obvious, doesn’t it? Despite this basic truth, only one in three adults are actually getting screened for colon cancer, which, when discovered early, is highly treatable. 

Cancer of the colon or rectum is the third most common cancer in the United States and the second leading cause of cancer death, taking more than 50,000 lives per year. Here’s the good news—there are currently more than one million survivors living today thanks to tests such as a colonoscopy, a simple and safe procedure that only needs to be done every 10 years. There is also a stool test which can be done at home and mailed to our lab or dropped off at your AltaMed location. It’s that easy. Check with your provider to see which one is best for you.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 140,000 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed a year. Because its physical symptoms are often silent, many of these individuals were completely unaware of the changes taking place in their bodies. That’s why screenings that can detect polyps are essential. You should contact your primary care physician immediately, however, if you experience persistent stomach pains, aches and cramps, unexplained weight loss or blood in your stool. 

Six out of 10 deaths could be prevented with proper testing, so pay attention to the following risk factors and talk to your PCP to see if it’s time for you to get screened: 

  • 50 years of age or older (90 percent of cases)
  • Family history of polyps or colon cancer
  • Diet high in red meat and fat, low in calcium, folate and fiber, and low in fruits and vegetables
  • Inactive lifestyle (daily physical active can reduce risk by 5 percent)
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Excessive alcohol use
  • Inflammatory bowel disease like ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease