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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit cchealth.org for smoke tips and airnow.gov for air quality in your area

Affordable Care Act (ACA)
 and Contra Costa Residents

As the county health system, Contra Costa Health Services is committed to ensuring the residents of Contra Costa are informed about what the Affordable Care Act (ACA) offers. The ACA, also known as Health Care Reform or Obamacare, means more people will have access to affordable health insurance. In addition, all new health plans are being required to provide preventive services like mammograms and immunizations without charging a deductible, co-pay or coinsurance.

Key facts you should know about getting health coverage through the Affordable Care Act:

  1. If you are low-income, you may qualify for expanded Medi-Cal coverage and not have co-payments or monthly premiums.
  2. More people will qualify for Medi-Cal through the Medi-Cal expansion, including single adults without children.
  3. If you are not low-income, you may still qualify for financial help from the government to buy health insurance and you should expect to pay at least a part of your healthcare coverage. Use Covered California's online calculator to calculate your cost.
  4. You and/or your family members cannot be denied coverage due to any pre-existing conditions.
  5. Open Enrollment starts in October and you will be able to enroll in the plan of your choice over the phone at 1-888-975-1142 or online at www.coveredca.com

See our Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information.


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