OPEN ENROLLMENT IS STILL IN PROGRESS!

By Adrienne Mendle, Esq.

ATTENTION ALL HEALTH CONSUMERS!

OPEN ENROLLMENT IS STILL IN PROGRESS! 

From now until January 31, 2017, eligible Californians can sign up for health insurance on Covered CA AND may be able to receive subsidies to help pay for monthly premiums!

 You’ve probably heard about rising premiums on the healthcare exchanges. Although this is true, don’t despair – premium subsidies are also increasing! In addition, California offers significant financial support for HIV+ individuals eligible to purchase health plans on Covered CA.

 California’s Office of AIDS offers two programs to help pay for health care: ADAP and OA-HIPP. The Aids Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) pays for costs and co-pays associated with HIV-related prescription medication for qualifying individuals making less than 500% of the federal poverty level ($59,400 per year for a household of one). The Office of AIDS Health Insurance Premium Payment (OA-HIPP) program pays for monthly health insurance premiums and has recently begun paying co-pays for outpatient out-of-pocket medical costs, like doctor’s visits and labs. To qualify for this program, you must be enrolled in a private health plan (not through your employer) and be enrolled in ADAP.

 Starting this year, OA-HIPP is also making “Binder Payments” (AKA the first month’s premium) for new Covered CA enrollees! If you sign up for OA-HIPP within 48 hours of enrolling in a Covered CA health plan, OA-HIPP will initiate a Binder Payment on your behalf, activating your new health coverage.

 If you would like coverage starting on January 1, 2017, you will need to sign up for a health plan by December 15, 2016. Open Enrollment ends January 31, 2017; after that, you will need a Special Enrollment Period to sign up for a Covered CA health plan.

 PRC’s Equal Access to Healthcare Program is here to help you through Open Enrollment! Do you need to enroll in a health plan for 2017? Do you need to renew your health plan for 2017? Curious as to whether you are eligible for ADAP and OA-HIPP? Need assistance with something else? Give us a call at 415-777-0333! Our dedicated team of attorneys and advocates would love to talk to you about your healthcare needs.

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About Living Life Positively

Hello World, My name is Tuquan Harrison. I am a Legal Assistant at Positive Resource Center, San Francisco. Positive Resource Center is a Nonprofit that assists people living HIV/AIDS or mental health disabilities get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services in San Francisco. Through Positive Resource Center's Continuum of services, clients receive no-cost access to: *Professional benefits analysis, advocacy, and counseling about accessing public and private financial and health care benefits such as Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), long-term disability, health insurance, life insurance, and Medi-Cal. Representation before administrative law judges for reconsideration of disability denials. *Employment and vocational rehabilitation planning, counseling and coordination, job development and job search assistance, support groups, and computer access and training for clients entering or re-entering the workplace. *Regular workshops/clinics designed to equip people with HIV/AIDS or mental illness to consider and develop employment goals and plans as well as understand their legal rights and responsibilities concerning benefits, employment, housing, and credit. This blog is dedicated to updating clients, service providers, and the greater San Francisco community about PRC's/EAHP community events, services, and other relevant topics/issues. I look forward to educating, spreading awareness, and providing a resource to the San Francisco communities. Thanks, Tuquan Harrison

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