Health Care Coverage
Essential Access Health is committed to expanding access to health coverage for uninsured and low-income Californians. With the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, affordable health care coverage options have expanded for millions across the country and state of California.
Current health coverage options for low-income Californians:
California’s Medi-Cal program offers free or low-cost health coverage for children and adults. Eligibility is based on income. Learn more about Medi-Cal. Click here to find out how to apply for Medi-Cal.
Covered California is open for business for uninsured Californians seeking quality and affordable health coverage. Under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, all individuals are required to have health coverage. Covered California, the state health exchange, allows consumers to compare and buy private health insurance. Federal subsidies will be available to all individuals earning up to 400% of the federal poverty line (FPL) to help cover some of the costs. In addition, low-income Californians will be able to determine eligibility and enroll in the Medi-Cal program. Click here to sign up for Covered California today.
California’s Family PACT program offers California women, men and teens no-cost family planning services. Eligibility is based on income and does not require information on immigration status. FPACT is a national gold standard model for public family planning programs and serves over 1.8 million Californians annually. Learn more about Family PACT.
No-Cost Preventive Services
As of August 1, 2012, all new private health plans are required to cover an array of preventive services at no-cost, as stipulated in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The following services are now covered without co-pays or cost-sharing in all new private health insurance plans:
- All FDA-approved contraceptive services
- HIV/STD screening and counseling
- Well-woman visits
- Domestic violence screening and counseling
- Breastfeeding support, supplies and counseling
- Gestational diabetes screening
Contact your insurance provider to find out if and when these services will be available to you. Click here for a helpful phone script provided by the National Women’s Law Center that you can use to talk to your insurance company.
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