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Protect Yourself From Flu


Last updated: January 19, 2018, 12:14 pm

California and Contra Costa are seeing high levels of flu activity. We remind the community to take the following steps to prevent the spread of flu.

  • Get your flu vaccine
  • Clean hands often with soap and water or with hand sanitizer
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Stay home when you’re sick

People with flu like symptoms should call their health plan's Advice Nurses to get help with self-care or to help them decide if they need to visit an urgent care clinic, make an appointment with their health care provider or go to an emergency room. Rarely is emergency room needed for flu or respiratory issues.

Contra Costa Health Plan members and Contra Costa residents who do not have health coverage can call 1-877-661-6230 and select option 1 to speak to an Advice Nurse.

See more information about flu and flu prevention.

Latest flu information

Advice Nurse Flu Flyer

What Does Health Care Reform Mean to You in Contra Costa County?

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) which is often called Health Care Reform/ObamaCare took effect January 2014. There are two major parts that affect the way you can get coverage for yourself and your family. Medi-Cal was expanded to cover more people, even childless adults, and insurance companies offered options for enrollment in state run exchanges. The State of California set up CoveredCA as a state run exchange or marketplace where you can purchase your health coverage.

With the recent Presidential election, there have been Congressional actions to explore changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At this time, however no changes have been made to the ACA and this page will be updated if and when changes occur.

Whether you're uninsured or just want to explore new options, CoveredCA will gives you choices and control over your health insurance options. You can also find out about enrollment options and if you are eligible for Medi-Cal upon visiting the CoveredCA website.

There are 4 key facts that you should know about getting health coverage through CoveredCA:

  1. You may qualify for financial help from the government to buy health insurance and you should expect to pay at least a part of your healthcare coverage.
  2. You and/or your family members cannot be denied coverage due to any pre-existing conditions.
  3. You could face a tax penalty if you are eligible to purchase health coverage and you don't do so during the Open Enrollment period.
  4. If you are low-income, you may qualify for expanded Medi-Cal coverage and not have co-payments or monthly premiums.

Medi-Cal Options in Contra Costa County

CCHP (Contra Costa Health Plan) is one of the 2 Medi-Cal plans approved to offer coverage in Contra Costa County. Learn more about Medi-Cal Membership with Contra Costa Health Plan.

CCHP as the very first Federally Qualified, State Licensed, and County Run HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) Health Plan in the United States has three provider networks to choose from. Members can pick providers from the Contra Costa Regional Medical Center (CCRMC) and conveniently located clinics or choose a provider from our Community Provider Network (CPN) and many of the local hospitals. Additionally individuals and families who have been previously insured with Kaiser may be eligible to stay with Kaiser by enrolling in CCHP's Medi-Cal Managed Care.

Celebrating 40 years in 2013, with over 200,000 members CCHP continues to be part of the health care solution, now and into the future.