Paying for Health Care

Insurance Programs

For clients interested in enrolling for healthcare, add their name to our **Covered CA Call-List**! The official URL to access this list is http://tinyurl.com/healthcare-enrollment.

You can also refer clients to this Plan Explorer website to help them get a better sense of what they are eligible for!

TO FIND A PROVIDER: Medi-Cal Health Care Options Website

Look below for more info about the various California-wide programs OR check out the "Healthcare" folder in the carousel for sweet handouts about healthcare enrollment and eligibility!

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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