Healthy Families Insurance
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Healthy Families Insurance
The Healthy Families Program is a state and federal program to provide health insurance for low income
Once you are signed up, you will be able to choose your own pediatrician.
Information about this program (and a toll-free number) can be found
at the website: http://www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov
Affordable medical insurance for kids
Dear BPN, We live in SF right now but planning to move to East Bay (Oakland or
Berkeley) in near future. My 4 month old is eligible for Healthy Kids program, which
is part of San Francisco Health Plan. Do you recommend any affordable insurance
program that is similar to Healthy Kids? Thank you! Miko
If your 4 month old qualifies for Healthy Kids, s/he'll probably qualify for
Healthy Families, the statewide program: http://www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov
I am in Oakland. The insurance I have is Healthy Families.
I have Alameda Alliance for Health through Healthy Families.
There are $10 copays for doctor's visits and prescriptions and my son's premium
is $20/month. The premium is based on income and I'm not sure how that changes
between income brackets.
Vision and dental are also covered.
The number listed on my son's bill is 1-888-439-4741.
Affordable health insurance for my child
(from "Seeking Affordable Pediatrician (No Health Insurance")
There are alternatives to Medi-Cal in CA - There are over 50 health care
plans available through the Healthy Families program and all are very low
cost for low-income families. Ask the Health Dept about enrollment
Please call Healthy Families at 1-888-439-4741 immediately! This is a
wonderful state and federally-funded program aimed at getting low-income
kids all the health insurance they need. They target children from
families who are low income - but not low income enough to be eligible
for Medi-Cal. If you're eligible for the program, you get to pick your
pediatrician, and your kids also get dental and optical insurance. My
kids are far better insured than I am. This program has been a
lifesaver for us while my husband's in grad school. Good luck
From this very Listserv I found information about Healthy Families, an amazingly
under promoted program in California that so many families with uninsured children
qualify for. It provides health coverage (you choose the company) for children
at very low, sliding scale rates. It is aimed at families that make too much for
Medical, and are within 200% of poverty level (used to be 150%). I believe that
this, in addition to Medical, would cover so many grad students still paying for
Blue Cross or the even more expensive coverage the University offers. The application
is tedious, but well worth it if you meet qualifications. Check the website. Eric
There are many sites and individuals certified to register kids for
the Healthy Families program throughout Alameda County. A contact
person for the Healthy Families program at UC Berkeley is Natalie
Robinson. She is certified to help people get registered for Healthy
Families and can assist generally in going through the process, answer
questions, etc. Lea
One place that you can obtain more information/sign-up for the "healthy
families initiative" is at the:
Bay Area Black Consortium for Quality Health Care
1440 Broadway, Suite 209
Oakland, CA 94612
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