Medi-Cal offers many health benefits, including doctor visits, hospital care, immunizations, dental care, and other children’s pediatric services. With the expansion of Medi-Cal, more children, families, and individuals are now eligible for this no or low-cost health coverage program. But enrolling is only part of this health coverage process. In order to stay healthy, it is important that Medi-Cal enrollees stay covered. The 11 million Californians who are enrolled in Medi-Cal need to hear one simple message to keep their health benefits: renew your coverage annually.
Here is the information people need to know to make sure they keep their Medi-Cal coverage.
For Medi-Cal renewal assistance, contact your local social service department or dial 211. To find your local county office, click here.
On October 14,2014, the LAHealth4ALL coalition announced the new, no-cost primary care program for Los Angeles County residents, My Health LA, at one of their many community forums. We heard from Lilliana, a 15-year resident of Boyle Heights, who spoke about her friend, Lourdes, who died of cancer on April 10, 2012 because she didn’t have access to health coverage. Lourdes is one of the many victims who didn’t have health coverage because they were an undocumented Californian. My Health LA (Mi Salud LA) is a no-cost health care program for low-income residents, 6 years old and older, who don’t have health insurance, regardless of immigration status.
My Health LA members get FREE basic medical care at one of the 164 non-profit clinics that are “Community Partners.” Click here to find a My Health LA clinic. People can call the clinics to make an appointment to enroll and to check if the clinic is accepting new patients. My Health LA provides children, families, and single adults in Los Angeles County a medical home, where patients can get primary care from doctors and nurses who understand their medical history. Patients can get prescription medicines, laboratory services, tests, and many more health services. Click here for a list of services. Families across Los Angeles County will now have the peace of mind that they don’t have to wait until they are sick or dying before going to the hospital because the fear of the medical bills.
As summer vacation comes to an end and schools start preparing for the new school year, schools leaders convene to share the latest information amongst one another. The ALL IN for Health Campaign team joined the effort by attending the Safe Schools Conference on July 31, 2014 in Anaheim, CA and sharing all our new back-to-school materials. During the conference, teachers, school board members, parents, and counselors came by our table and showed their interest in connecting their students and families to coverage. We came prepared with our new backpack stuffers—ALL IN back-to-school flyers and bookmarks. Their infectious enthusiasm to spread the word to their communities brightened up the room.
Astrid Campos, ALL IN Campaign Manager, and Becky Lee, ALL IN Campaign Associate, pose with State Superintedent Tom Torlakson in a "selfie."
One of my personal highlights of the day was having the opportunity to meet with the keynote speaker, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. He is cool not only for graduating from my alma mater (Go Bears!) but also for being a very strong supporter of the ALL IN for Health Campaign. He believes that, “Health coverage is vitally important because we need our students to be healthy to attend class and learn. It’s vitally important that students and their parents enroll into health coverage.” This is why the ALL IN Campaign is kicking off our back-to-school launch to promote health coverage options for all. Share our new back-to-school materials widely!