Assisters Programs in Berkeley

Covered CA

Covered California is the only place to get assistance buying private insurance from companies. You may also qualify for a discount on private insurance, or get health insurance through the state’s Medi-Cal program.

  • Ann Chandler Public Health Clinic (Website) Ann Chandler assists individuals and families with Medi-Cal/Healthy Families or Kaiser’s Child Health Plan applications. They also process “Sensitive Services” Medi-Cal applications for anyone under 21 years of age who has a need for family planning, pregnancy-related or STI-related care.

For Covered CA assistance call (510) 981-3236 for appointment or drop-in, 2nd Thursdays 10:30 am - 1:00 pm.

  • Berkeley Free Clinic Berkeley Free Clinic has its own assister's program that runs from November through January during open enrollment!
  • Lifelong Medical Care (Website) Lifelong will help patients sign up for healthcare insurance. Call (510) 981-4100 for more information. Warning: Process may take a couple months to become a Lifelong member!

Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal If you are low income and need healthcare insurance, apply for Medi-Cal at MyBenefits CalWIN. For FREE help filling out your application or to determine if you are eligible, see the assister programs listed below.

  • Alameda Social Services (Website) Apply for Medi-Cal at one of the Alameda Social Services facilities where you can apply in-person for Medi-Cal, Monday - Friday from 8:30am - 5pm. You can also contact the Medi-Cal Client Advocate at (510) 383-2898 for FREE help with your Medi-Cal application.
  • Ann Chandler Public Health Clinic (Website) Ann Chandler assists individuals and families with Medi-Cal/Healthy Families or Kaiser’s Child Health Plan applications. They also process “Sensitive Services” Medi-Cal applications for anyone under 21 years of age who has a need for family planning, pregnancy-related or STI-related care.

For Medi-Cal enrollment call (510) 981-5321, appointment only, 2nd and 4th Mondays 9:00 - 11:00 am.

  • Berkeley Free Clinic Berkeley Free Clinic has its own assister's program that runs from November through January during open enrollment!
  • Lifelong Medical Care (Website) Lifelong will help patients sign up for healthcare insurance. Call (510) 981-4100 for more information. Warning: Process may take a couple months to become a Lifelong member!

Reproductive Health

  • FamilyPACT (FamilyPACT) is a great option, due to short sign up times and availability to people who don't have access to health insurance.
  • Ann Chandler Public Health Clinic (Website) Ann Chandler assists with “Sensitive Services” Medi-Cal applications for anyone under 21 years of age who has a need for family planning, pregnancy-related or STI-related care.

Over-the-Phone Help

Need some guidance? Call in to one of the hotlines below for some over-the-phone help!

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