HEALTHCARE INSURANCE INFORMATION, HEALTH INSURANCE CONSUMER RIGHTS, AND UNINSURED PATIENT INFORMATION WITH EMPHASIS ON CALIFORNIA AS WELL AS U.S. AGENCIES
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California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) Most Informative website for Californians on Health Care Coverage--great tools and resources and Consumer Complaints Hotline Mailing Address: Department of Managed Health Care California Help Center 980 9th Street, Suite 500 Sacramento, CA 95814-2725 Telephone 1-888-466-2219 (multi-language) FAX: 916-255-5241 TDD: 1-877-688-9891 http://www/dmhc.ca.gov
Foundation For Health Coverage Information Simple public and private health insurance eligibility information in order to help more people access coverage, including the uninsured and the under-insured from this non-profit public advocacy and education site. http://www.coverageforall.org
California Department of Insurance (CDI) Information on health insurance plans in California (CDI licenses and regulates some non-HMO health and disability insurance and most Medigap plans.) 1-800-927-4357 (many languages) 1-800-482-4833 (TTY) www.insurance.ca.gov (Spanish)
Covered California Insurance Exchange
(Obamacare for California)
Subsidized healthcare insurance for
Note: Monthly premiums may be low and
subsidized, but first-dollar coverage annual deductible
may have as high as a $5000 deductible for an individual.
Preventive Services such as an annual physical exam and
disease screening tests may have no deductible.
Compare different carriers and plans carefully.
1-800-300-1506 or go to website below for online chat
HICAP (California Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Free information, counseling, and advocacy for people who have or will soon have Medicare
1-800-434-0222 (many languages) http://www.cahealthadvocates.org/about/HICAP.html
Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in California Information on insurance, including low-cost health care http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net
Health Coverage Guide Information on health insurance for small businesses, including cost estimates, tax savings and legal rights www.healthcoverageguide.org
Internal Revenue Service Form 969, for information on Health Savings Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts 1-888-829-1040 (many languages) 1-829-4059 (TTY) www.irs.gov (Spanish)
MRMIP (California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program) California's insurance program for people with serious health problems who have difficulty buying individual health insurance because of their medical history 1-800-289-6574 (many languages) 1-800-735-2929 (TTY) www.mrmib.ca.gov
Possibly the most important website on this self-help list: National Association of Health Underwriters Links to the "Men In Black" MIB Healthcare Records Database that includes most of your lifetime personal health claim history which is made available to health, auto, life, etc. insurers. Your information on the NAHU database be reviewed and
corrected for APPROXIMATELY $8.00 per year. Consumer Information (202) 552-5060
email for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org
AIM Program (Access for Infants and Mothers) Low-cost health insurance for low-income and middle-income pregnant women and their newborns 1-800-433-2611 (many languages) http://www.aim.ca.gov (Spanish)
California Children's Services (CCS) A statewide program that treats children with Certain disabilities and health problems http://www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/cms/ccs/
County Medical Services Program (CMSP) Health care for low-income adults in 34 California counties
Health Consumer Fact sheets on low-cost health care, in many languages www.healthconsumer.org (many languages)
Healthy Families State program with low-cost health and dental insurance for children in low-income families 1-800-880-5305 (many languages) www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov (Spanish)
Medi-Cal State and federal program with health care for people who qualify because of low or no incomes and/or costly disabilities 1-800-541-5555 (Spanish) 1-916-636-1980 (many languages) 1-866-784-2595 (TTY) http://www.medi-cal.ca.gov
Medi-Cal Fair Hearing File an appeal if your health plan denies you the services you need
Medi-Cal Managed Care Ombudsman Help if you have a problem you cannot solve with your health plan 1-888-452-8609 (many languages)
Medi-Cal Mental Health Care Ombudsman Help with Medi-Cal mental health care services 1-800-896-4042 (many languages)
CATEGORY: Medications At Low-Cost or No Cost
Partnership for Prescription Assistance Help for patients who do not have prescription drug coverage 1-888-477-2669 http://www.pparx.org/about.php (Spanish)
Co-Pay ReliefTM Prescription Drug Payment Assistance
Financial assistance with prescription drug co-payments for patients with certain diseases and illnesses. 1-800-532-5274 (Spanish) www.copays.org
RX Help for CA prescription Drug Payment Assistance Help for patients who do not have prescription drug coverage
Private website with advertisers to help you to compare drug costs in your zip code by entering monthly dosage to get a fare comparison of your local retail pharmacies. Prices can differ by 300%! http://http://www.drx.com/
CATEGORY: Keeping Your Health Insurance (Federal COBRA,
These are laws that allow you to keep your health insurance if you lose your job or your hours are reduced.
U.S. Department of Labor COBRA Information on the Federal COBRA program to help you keep group health insurance if you lose your job or your hours are cut 1-866-444-3272 (Spanish, Chinese) 1-877-889-5627 www.dol.gov/dol/topic/healthplans/cobra.htm (Spanish)
California Office of the Patient Advocate Information for Cal-COBRA free advocacy, including employees of small businesses. an agency of last resort http://www.opa.ca.gov/english/about/consumer_information/
www.COBRA_financial_assistance.aspx 1-866-466-8900 TTY 1-866-499-0858 980 9th Street, Suite 500 Sacramento , CA 95814 (916) 324-6407
U.S. Department of Labor HIPAA Information on your Federal HIPAA rights to buy or keep health insurance 1-866-444-3272 (Spanish, Chinese) 1-877-889-5627 (TTY) www.dol.gov/dol/topic/healthplans/portability.htm (Spanish)
Californians for Disability Rights Member organization representing people with disabilities (Click on "Chapters" to see resources in your area.) www.disabilityrights-cdr.org
Disability Rights Legal Center Legal aid and referrals for people with disabilities, including a Cancer Legal Resource Center, a Learning Rights Project, and other resources www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org
Family Voices Health care advocacy for children with disabilities 1-888-835-5669 www.familyvoices.org (Spanish) 1-866-226-1819 (TTY)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD 21244 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) (many languages) http://www.medicare.gov/default.asp
HICAP (California Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Free information, counseling, and advocacy for people who have or will soon have Medicare 1-800-434-0222 (many languages) www.cahealthadvocates.org
California's HMO Guide for Seniors Information on HMOs for Medicare members1-800-466-8900 (Spanish, Chinese) 1-866-499-0858 (TDD) www.opa.ca.gov
California Registry Information on hospice and long-term care 1-800-777-7575 www.calregistry.com
Alamar Healthcare, Inc. Private Internal Medicine/Geriatrics Practice in Camarillo, California maintains self-help links including most articles and forms provided in this guide. Also includes articles on specific diseases and treatments from government and university websites.
If you are not currently on the Alamar Healthcare website, go to http://www.alamarhealth.com Self-help page
CATEGORY: Mental Health
California Department of Developmental Services California agency that provides services and support to people. http://www.dds.cahwnet.gov/
California Department of Mental Health California's public mental health system with services and information available to adults and children. 1-800-896-4042 1-800-896-2512 (TTY) www.dmh.ca.gov
California Office of Patients' Rights Advocacy for patients hospitalized with mental illness
California Office of Privacy Protection A Consumer Guide to Health Information Privacy in California. 1-866-785-9663 916-323-7299 (Fax) www.privacy.ca.gov
Center for Mental Health Services Provides information about mental health. 1-800-789-2647
Early Start A state program for infants and toddlers who have or are at risk for developmental delay or disability. 1-800-515-BABY www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart
Medi-Cal Mental Heath Care Ombudsman Information and help with Medi-Cal mental health care services, advocacy agency of last resort 1-800-896-4042 (Spanish) 1-800-896-2512 (TTY) www.dmh.cahwnet.gov/Ombudsman Services/default.asp (Spanish)
CATEGORY: Diseases and Treatments
General Information Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Information on immunizations, preventing diseases, health disasters, and other issues 1-800-232-4636 (Spanish) 1-888-232-6548 (TTY) www.cdc.gov (Spanish)
Clinical Trials Information on experimental clinical trials of medical treatments, procedures, and medication trials www.clinicaltrials.gov
Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Information on health care standards; accepts reports of hospital abuse or substandard hospital conditions www.jcaho.org
Mayo Clinic Health Oasis Easy-to-understand information on health topics www.mayoclinic.org
Medline Plus Information on many health , top librarian choice for disease and treatment research and searches www.medlineplus.org (Spanish)
National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline Información sobre el embarazo, parto, y el cuidado de los infants. Information about pregnancy, birth, and child care 1-800-504-7081 (Spanish)
National Immunization Hotline A guide to vaccines for children and adults 1-800-232-2522 (Spanish) 1-888-232-6348 (TTY) http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines (Spanish)
National Institute of Health Government agency with information on Many health issues, including new treatments for diseases.
National Library of Medicine Prescription drug information; directories of physicians, hospitals, and other medical providers www.medlineplus.gov (Spanish)
Patient Advocate Foundation Patient assistance programs which ensure access to health care services, maintenance of employment and preservation of financial stability www.patientadvocate.org 1-800-532-5274 (Spanish)
CATEGORY: General References
Medical Board of California Licenses and takes complaints on medical doctors and certain other providers; online check of licenses and citations 1-800-633-2322 1-916-263-0935 (TTY) www.medbd.ca.gov
California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative Health, benefits and rights information for Immigrants 1-916-448-6762 (Spanish) www.caimmigrant.org
California Pan-Ethnic Health Network Advocacy for health care for people from all cultural and linguistic groups.
Su Familia Information and referrals in Spanish to local health clinics 1-866-783-2645 (Spanish) www.hispanichealth.org (Spanish)
A. M. Best Company How Financially Healthy Is Your Health Insurance Carrier? Know before you enroll in their insurance plans. http://www3.ambest.com/lh/morepr.asp
Alamar Healthcare, Inc.
58 West Loop Dr. Camarillo, CA 93010, US
Tel. 1(805) 484-0055 FAX 1(805) 484-4439
We believe that Alamar Healthcare, Inc. is the solution for new patients who face the challenge of searching successfully for the answer to the questions, "where are doctors near me who will meet my medical needs?" Or, "Where is there urgent care near me for established patients?" New patients, whether healthy or sick, may schedule a new patient visit, at 1-805-484-0055. After your first physician visit, you may schedule all follow-up medical appointments for chronic diseases, acute care, or urgent care as our appointment times allow at the same phone number. Our physicians in primary care treat or coordinate specialty health care for diseases such as cardiovascular, heart disease, Irritable Bowel IBS, stroke, and mini strokes called T.I.A. We also treat the internal medicine and geriatrics conditions common to cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer. Alamar Healthcare providers treat or coordinate mental health conditions with specialists for depression, anxiety, dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. Our doctors and hand-picked on-call physicians follow our patients from the Alamar Healthcare office to hospital, nursing home, and assisted living, and coordinate care planning with home health agencies and hospice for Alzheimers, for end of life care, and for rehabilitation.
Clinic for Primary Care and Geriatric Medicine, and Urgent Care at Alamar Healthcare, Inc.
Personalized Care by Doctors of Internal Medicine and Geriatrics for Adults of All Ages. If you are looking for Doctors in Camarillo, call our primary care doctors 1-805-484-0055. We accept most health insurance internal medicine PPOs, Original Medicare, (sorry, no HMOs except Ventura County Health Care Plan accepted). Serving Ventura County Adults with Personalized Healthcare in the Office, Hospital, Nursing Home, and Assisted Living.
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