Covered CA - Finish enrolling before February 6th!
Did you start your application but were unable to complete it by January 31st? Don't worry, we're here to help! Contact Axis Community Health at 925-462-1755 immediately – only our Certified Enrollment Counselors can complete your application by the February 6th deadline!
The Parent Project
Help for overwhelmed parents is here: this nationally-acclaimed, 10-week course teaches parents how to safely intervene and change their teens’ problematic behaviors. Sessions include a support group that gives parents a chance to share experiences, collaborate, and reduce isolation.
When: Mondays, starting February 22nd, from 6:00 - 9:00pm
Where: Dublin High School, Building EE, 8151 Village Parkway, Dublin
Cost: $100 per person / $150 per couple
Register: call 925-201-6226
Hosted by Axis Community Health, Dublin Police Services, and the Dublin Unified School District.
Covered CA - Special Enrollment is Ongoing
Some people experiencing specific life events can enroll in Covered California health plans at any time. This is called "Special Enrollment." Call Axis Community Health for more information, and to set up a free, in-person enrollment appointment with a Certified Enrollment Counselor. Appointments are available in English and Spanish. Call: 925-462-1755 today!
Pleasanton: Weekdays, some evenings, some Saturdays
Livermore: Weekdays, some evenings, some Saturdays
Axis Offers Covered California Information Sessions
Though Open enrollment for Covered California plans ended on January 31st, many can still enroll through "Special Enrollment." Have questions about the recent changes in health care? Axis Community Health staff can explain Covered CA and the effects of the Affordable Care Act to community groups including businesses, schools, and religious organizations.
Presentations include general information on eligibility to receive financial assistance to pay for health insurance plans, or for free coverage through Medi-Cal, as well as information on open enrollment and special enrollment.
To schedule an event, please call (925) 201-6018.
Axis Featured in the Independent
Axis's Covered California Enrollment services were recently featured in a front page article in the Independent newspaper entitled "Axis Can Help You Enroll in Covered California." The piece was written by Carol Graham, and gives a great overview of Covered CA and the application process. Click here to read the full article.
Axis Can Help You Enroll In Covered California
Since November 1st, the phones at Axis Community Health have been ringing off the hook as Tri-Valley residents seek information about Open Enrollment for Covered California health plans and Medi-Cal. Axis counselors are helping people navigate the application process by phone and in person.
“Axis’s certified enrollment counselors are assisting people in getting the best plans possible,” says Alex Garcia, Community Relations Coordinator for Axis. “People renewing their plan or enrolling for the first time should call us – there is no charge.” Open Enrollment began November 1st, and ends on January 31st. Covered CA offers plans from private insurance companies for U.S. citizens and documented immigrants. Plans are based solely on: age, family size, zip code, and income – no one can be denied coverage due to pre-existing medical conditions. Covered CA also provides eligible people with financial assistance that can lower monthly costs up to 90%.
Counselors are assisting people who need to enroll in Medi-Cal or renew their Medi-Cal. To qualify, an individual must meet appropriate requirements and have an income of less than $16,200. A family of four qualifies with an income of less than $33,500.
“We’re the only nonprofit enrollment entity in this area,” says Garcia. “Thousands of Tri-Valley residents can now get access to health care – a young person without insurance, those who lost their insurance, and people with pre-existing conditions. Axis is here to help everyone get covered.”
In-person assistance at Axis is free and available in English and Spanish during business hours Monday through Friday, as well as some evenings and Saturdays, at locations in Livermore and Pleasanton. To make an appointment, call Axis at (925) 462-1755.
Rotarian Mobile Health Van Rolls Over to Axis to Help Out
When Axis Community Health discovered it needed more exam rooms to meet the growing need for healthcare for low-income Tri-Valley residents, its board of directors decided to build an additional clinic. But building a clinic takes time, and the need for more exam rooms at Axis is urgent.
Fortunately, two of Axis’s community partners were ready and willing to help out. The Livermore Rotarian Foundation’s Mobile Health Unit has been in service as a program at Stanford/ValleyCare for the past eight years. When ValleyCare and the Foundation learned of the need for more exam rooms at Axis, they offered the use of the van to help bridge the gap until Axis’s new clinic, currently under construction, opens in early 2016.
“The van is beautiful, with two exam rooms,” said Rotarian Foundation spokesperson Al Lewis. “Its purpose has always been to help community members gain access to healthcare, and we are thrilled to be able to help Axis by getting more of their patients in to see the doctor.”
Stanford/ValleyCare delivered the van to Axis’s clinic located at 4361 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton in September. After readying the van with electrical and IT, Axis began using it to see patients in October.
“We are completely out of space,” said Sue Compton, Axis CEO. “This collaborative effort with Stanford/ValleyCare and the Rotarian Foundation increases our capacity—even two exam rooms make a big difference.” Axis has 22 exam rooms total at its two clinic sites, one in Pleasanton and one in Livermore, and has managed to provide 38,000 medical visits a year by extending hours and hiring more staff.
“Axis is an important part of our community’s health delivery services, providing primary and preventive services to a large segment of the Tri-Valley population,” said Scott Gregerson, CEO, Stanford/ValleyCare. “We are delighted to partner with Axis to further this work.”
Axis Receives National Awards for Quality of Services
Axis Community Health recently received not one, but two national quality awards from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.
“Today’s funding rewards those health centers that are achieving the highest levels of clinical quality performance and improvement,” said Acting HRSA Administrator Jim Macrae in announcing the recipients. “The awards will help health centers continue to provide comprehensive primary care to the nation’s most vulnerable communities.”
Axis’s first award, for $21,835, is for clinical quality and granted to clinics demonstrating a significant improvement to their patients’ health in one or more clinical quality measure between 2013 and 2014. Axis is one of 993 health centers nationwide to receive this distinction.
The second award, for $30,855, is for being a quality leader, and was given to health centers demonstrating the highest performance as compared to their health center peers. Axis is one of only 389 centers to receive this recognition.
“We have a team committed to excellence,” said Sue Compton, Axis CEO. “Everyone-- from our front office staff, to our medical and mental health providers, to our quality team who track data--is maximizing our systems to enhance patient health outcomes.”
A non-profit organization, Axis provides quality, affordable medical, mental health, and substance abuse services that promote the well-being of all members of the community. They embrace the medical home service delivery model that meets patients’ care needs across medical and behavioral health services, and provides ongoing follow-up support. Axis serves more that 14,000 Tri-Valley residents and provides more than 100,000 visits each year.
Funding Grows for New Clinic
Axis is one step closer to opening its new clinic, thanks to a generous contribution from the Fremont Bank Foundation. The $50,000 grant will support construction of the clinic, which will double the organization's capacity to serve the community and meet a growing demand for affordable local health care. Read more here.
Axis Breaks Ground For New Clinic
More than one hundred people joined Axis Community Health to celebrate the start of construction on its new health center. Board Chair James Paxson and CEO Sue Compton wielded the hammers to breakthrough a wall and get renovation started. Opening in by the end of 2015, the facility will provide medical and mental health services for thousands of Tri-Valley residents. Read more here.
For more information about Axis' capital campaign, click here.
Hacienda Helping Hands Gives $10,000 to Axis Community Health
Axis hopes you find this information on Zika virus useful:
The risk of being infected with the Zika virus is extremely low. The virus is mainly found in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands/Oceania. It is transmitted by one species of mosquito rarely found in California. The Alameda County Department of Public Health (ACDPH) has issued an advisory for people planning to travel to areas where the Zika virus is active.
Zika fever is a mild disease that causes fever and skin rash. The appearance of these symptoms, however, does not mean that a person has Zika fever. These symptoms must accompany recent travel to an area where Zika is active.
The ACDPH recommends that anyone planning to travel to an area where Zika is active should consult with their doctor before leaving, and that women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant consider postponing their travel plans and consult with a doctor.