Get Excited! We’re excited to announce that we’ve been nominated for not one but two awards, including “Best Employer: Nonprofit” and “Most Community-Oriented Employer” for the 2016 Work Local Awards, Presented by: Local Wise.
The Work Local Awards shines the spotlight on the boutiques, cafes, nonprofits, startups, and all the local employers that make our local communities thrive. Positive Resource Center prides itself on being an organization that is truly engaged with the needs and concerns of people in San Francisco who are living with HIV/AIDS and or have a mental disability. Positive Resource remains the only place for people living with HIV/AIDS or mental disabilities to get comprehensive benefits counseling and employment services in San Francisco. For more than 29 years Positive Resource Center has been providing crucial services to the community. Since our inception, we have helped our client’s access lifesaving disability income and gainful employment, ultimately providing them with a baseline of financial and healthcare security.
Positive Resource Center exists for the community, we thrive with the community, and more importantly we are the community! Again, we would like to thank Local Wise for nominating Positive Resource Center for these prestigious awards. Please check out the links below to learn more about our services and to RSVP for the award ceremony on April 28th, 2016.
Positive Resource Center: http://www.positiveresource.org/
RSVP Link for Work Local Awards Ceremony: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/work-local-awards-tickets-22673329539
By, Tuquan Harrison
Positive Resource Center (PRC) would like to thank SF HIV Workers Frontline Organizing Group for hosting The Ins and Outs of Medi-Cal training on March 4, 2016. The training was attended by over 50 service providers including social workers, case managers, peer navigators, and many others who serve San Francisco’s HIV-positive community.
We would like to especially acknowledge Lashenna Sirles, from the San Francisco Human Services Agency for presenting this vital information to our community.
The goal of this training was to educate service providers on the Medi-Cal program, including how to apply for benefits and eligibility rules. For clients and service providers alike, navigating Medi-Cal is quite challenging due to lack of training on the program. By the end of this training, participants were able to:
- Identify the different types of Medi-Cal programs and eligibility rules.
- Describe the timeline from application to enrollment in Medi-Cal.
- Better answer client questions about accessing services through Medi-Cal.
Again, PRC would like to thank Lashenna Sirles and the Human Services Agency, SF HIV Workers Frontline Organizing Group, and service providers for participating in this training and sharing information to help better serve our community!
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
“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
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!