Category Archives: Health Coverage
Health insurance keeps you healthy and financially covered when you need it most. Wondering what health coverage plan is best for you?
Join the Health Coverage: Uncovered social media chat with San Mateo County enrollment counselors Tuesday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Log on to Facebook (facebook.com/SMCHealth) and Twitter (twitter.com/smchealth) and ask any health insurance questions. Follow the conversation at @SMCHealth and #GetCoveredSMC for all the updates. Help will be available in English and Spanish. Read more
Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) hosted its first Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community at Millbrae Library on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. There was a huge turnout, with more than 80 individuals attending in-person, along with over 250+ views from our Facebook live recording of the presentation. Of the attendees, we had 27 representatives, from 13 local community agencies, tabling at the Resource Fair. CHI was also recognized by Board of Supervisor David Canepa and by Chief of Staff from Supervisor Dave Pine’s office for our work in hosting the forum for the Chinese Community.
If you’re interested in potential changes in immigration laws, health care rights for immigrants or the experience of immigrant youth in San Mateo County, then you won’t want to miss out on these informative events taking place over the next two weeks:
Learn about potential changes in immigration laws, health care rights and what it all means for you.
Saturday, October 14 – Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community
Sunday October 22 – Immigrant Health Forum
Wednesday, October 18 – San Mateo County Immigrant Integration Summit 2017
Be sure to pass along the information to family and friends who may be interested.
If you’d like to learn more about potential changes in immigration laws, healthcare rights and what it all means for you, then you may want to attend one of these upcoming events. For more information, see the links below.
Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community – Saturday, October 14
Immigrant Health Forum – Sunday October 22
The second annual Immigrant Integration Summit will highlight the experiences of immigrant youth in San Mateo County.
San Mateo County Immigrant Integration Summit 2017 – Wednesday, October 18
As of July 1, 2017, Health Plan of San Mateo (HSPM) now offers a transportation benefit to all Medi-Cal members allowing them to schedule rides to outpatient health-related services, like doctor’s visits, lab services, PT/OT and behavioral health appointments.
HSPM contracts with the American Logistics Company (ALC) to provide transportation. To schedule a ride, members must call ALC two days in advance. ALC arranges curb to curb rides through their strategic partnership with Lyft for members who have access to a mobile phone that can receive messages from a Lyft driver. For those who require door to door service (assistance getting in/out of vehicle or into the building), ALC can arrange a ride through one of their other contracted transportation providers.
Rides are provided for health related services only. The areas covered by this benefit are San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Requests for rides to health-related services outside of these counties must by authorized by HPSM.
CareAdvantage members have had a transportation benefit through HSPM since 2008. CareAdvantage members who have reached their 30 one way ride limit, can request additional rides through ALC, to be covered through their Medi-Cal benefit.
The Non-Emergency Medical Transportation (NEMT) benefit is still offered to members that need non-emergency ambulance, litter van, wheelchair van and/or air transport. NEMT must be prescribed by a health care provider and approved by HPSM Health Services.
To schedule a ride through ALC, Medi-Cal members should call 1-844-856-4389, and CareAdvantage members should call 1-877-356-1080.
Wondering what health coverage plan is best for you? Get answers to all of your health insurance questions before the Dec. 15 deadline to sign up or make changes to your Covered CA health plan so you’re covered January 1!
Join the Health Coverage: Uncovered social media chat with San Mateo County enrollment counselors Wednesday, December 7, from 1-3 pm. Log on to Facebook (facebook.com/SMCHealth) and Twitter (twitter.com/smchealth) and ask any health insurance questions. Follow the conversation at @SMCHealth and #GetCoveredSMC for all the updates. Help will be available in English and Spanish.
Remember, there is no wrong door—you can apply in person, online, or on the phone at (650) 616-2002. We are here to help with free, confidential, in-person assistance.
Health insurance keeps you healthy and financially covered when you need it most. You may qualify for financial help! Rest assured all information shared in health insurance applications is confidential (including your family’s immigration status).