Happy Birthday to the Equal Access to Healthcare Program

The end of June marked an important milestone for the Equal Access to Healthcare Program (EAHP): the end of the program’s first full year!

Just to name a few of EAHP’s accomplishments this year, EAHP attorneys and advocates served over 250 clients, completed over a dozen outreach and provider training events for community partners, and of all closed cases, over 95% of our clients obtained, preserved, or increased healthcare access. For more information on EAHP’s accomplishments as well as our policy recommendations to help expand access to care, look for our upcoming annual report.

To celebrate EAHP’s first birthday, a few of the staff members on the team have reflected on their experiences with EAHP:

Chuan Teng, Supervising Attorney

Chuan Teng, Supervising Attorney

“The ACA has provided greater healthcare access for our clients, but healthcare navigation is still very confusing, if not more confusing than it was pre-ACA. Our clients require more information about how to access the right insurance to meet healthcare needs, reducing out-of-pocket costs, and ensuring that healthcare programs work together seamlessly. I’m thankful the S.F. HIV community has access to EAHP services, but I do wonder about the millions of others who do not and face complicated healthcare access challenges.” Continue reading

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Open Enrollment has Arrived, and Positive Resource Center starts to Blog!

By,

Brett Andrews

Executive Director

There are at least two really wonderful things happening in the month of November – Open Enrollment begins & PRC starts a Blog!! I know, I know, you’re probably just as surprised as I am, but, with so much good news to share, we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves.

Starting November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015, individuals may enroll online for health insurance through Covered California. While this open enrollment period presents a fantastic opportunity to gain access to health insurance, many individuals may feel overwhelmed by the enrollment process and need a little extra assistance. Positive Resource Center (PRC) is here to help.

Starting in November, PRC will open its computer lab to San Francisco residents who are HIV-positive for online health insurance enrollment from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Monday through Friday. During these hours, health access counselors will be available to provide brief consultative services to answer questions about insurance options as well as premium and drug assistance programs.

The enrollment lab is being made available through PRC’s new Equal Access to Health Care Program (EAHP), which aims to identify and overcoming barriers to health access for San Francisco’s HIV-positive community.

Don’t wait—the time is now to take charge of your health. Make sure to enroll in health insurance today!