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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

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 45 years in 2018, with over 200,000 members CCHP continues to be part of the health care solution, now and into the future.

If you still need coverage and do not think you will qualify for CoveredCa or Medi-Cal you may qualify for Contra Costa CARES.

Eligibility:

  • 19 years of age or older
  • Contra Costa County resident
  • Not eligible for full-scope Medi-Cal or Covered California
  • Household gross income up to 138% FPL annually (Household of 1 = $16,105; Family of 4 = $32,913)

For questions about qualifying contact:
The Community Clinic Consortium of Contra Costa County,
3720 Barret Avenue, Richmond, CA
510-233-6230

More information about health coverage options.