​​​​​CATEGORY: Aging/Medicare

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services,
7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore MD
21244 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227)
(many languages)
http://www.medicare.gov/default.asp

HICAP (California Health Insurance
Counseling and Advocacy Program)
Free information, counseling, and advocacy
for people who have or will soon have
Medicare  lOCAL 1-805-477-7310
1-800-434-0222 (many languages)
www.cahealthadvocates.org

California's HMO Guide for Seniors
Information on HMOs for Medicare
members1-800-466-8900 (English and Spanish, Chinese)
1-866-499-0858 (TDD) www.opa.ca.gov

California Registry
Information on hospice and long-term care
1-800-777-7575

www.calregistry.com

Alamar Healthcare, Inc.
Private Internal Medicine/Geriatrics Practice
in Camarillo, California maintains self-help
links including most articles and forms
provided in this guide.  Also includes articles
on specific diseases and treatments from
government and university websites.
If you are not currently on the Alamar Healthcare
website, go to http://www.alamarhealth.com Self-help page

 CATEGORY: Mental Health


California Department of Developmental Services
California agency that provides services and
support to people.
http://www.dds.cahwnet.gov/

California Department of Mental Health
California's public mental health system with
services and information available to adults
and children.
1-800-896-4042
1-800-896-2512 (TTY)
www.dmh.ca.gov

California Office of Patients' Rights
Advocacy for patients hospitalized with
mental illness 
1-916-575-1610

California Office of Privacy Protection
A Consumer Guide to Health Information
Privacy in California.
1-866-785-9663  916-323-7299 (Fax)
www.privacy.ca.gov

Center for Mental Health Services
Provides information about mental health.
1-800-789-2647

Early Start
A state program for infants and toddlers
who have or are at risk for developmenal
delay or disability. 1-800-515-BABY
www.dds.ca.gov/earlystart

 Medi-Cal Mental Heath Care Ombudsman
information and help with Medi-Cal mental
health care services, advocacy agency of last resort
1-800-896-4042 (English and Spanish)
1-800-896-2512 (TTY)
www.dmh.cahwnet.gov/Ombudsman Services/default.asp
(English and Spanish)

CATEGORY:  Diseases and Treatments

General Information
Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention
Information on immunizations, preventing
diseases, health disasters, and other issues
1-800-232-4636 (English and Spanish)
1-888-232-6548 (TTY)
www.cdc.gov (English and Spanish)

Clinical Trials
Information on experimental clinical trials of
medical treatments, procedures, and medication trials
www.clinicaltrials.gov

Joint Commission on Accreditation of
Healthcare Organizations
Information on health care standards;
accepts reports of hospital abuse or substandard
hospital conditions
www.jcaho.org

Mayo Clinic Health Oasis
Easy-to-understand information on health
topics
www.mayoclinic.org

Medline Plus
Information on many health , top librarian choice for disease
and treatment research and searches
www.medlineplus.org (English and Spanish)

 National Hispanic Prenatal Helpline
Información sobre el embarazo, parto, y el
cuidado de los infants.
Information about pregnancy, birth, and child

care
1-800-504-7081 (English and Spanish)
www.hispanichealth.org (English and Spanish)

National Immunization Hotline
A guide to vaccines for children and adults
1-800-232-2522 (English and Spanish)
1-888-232-6348 (TTY)
http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines (English and Spanish)

National Institute of Health
Government agency with information on
Many health issues, including new treatments
for diseases.
www.nih.gov

National Library of Medicine
Prescription drug information; directories of
physicians, hospitals, and other medical providers
www.medlineplus.gov (English and Spanish)

 Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient assistance programs which ensure
access to health care services, maintenance
of employment and preservation of financial
stability
www.patientadvocate.org
1-800-532-5274 (English and Spanish)

CATEGORY:  General References

Medical Board of California
Licenses and takes complaints on medical
doctors and certain other providers; online
check of licenses and citations
1-800-633-2322
1-916-263-0935 (TTY)
www.medbd.ca.gov

California Immigrant Welfare Collaborative
Health, benefits and rights information for
Immigrants 1-916-448-6762 (English and Spanish)
www.caimmigrant.org

California Pan-Ethnic Health Network
Advocacy for health care for people from all
cultural and linguistic groups. 
https://cpehn.org/


Su Familia
Information and referrals in English and Spanish to local
health clinics  1-866-783-2645 (English and Spanish)
www.hispanichealth.org (English and Spanish)

 A. M. Best Company
How Financially Healthy Is Your
Health Insurance Carrier? Know before you
enroll in their insurance plans.
http://www3.ambest.com/lh/morepr.asp





Helpful Links & Resources

CATEGORY:​​ Healthcare  Insurance Coverage 


California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)
The Most Informative website for Californians
on Health Care Coverage--great tools and
resources and Consumer Complaints Hotline
Mailing Address:
Department of Managed Health Care
California Help Center
980 9th Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814-2725
Telephone 1-888-466-2219 (multi-language)
FAX: 916-255-5241
TDD: 1-877-688-9891
http://www.dmhc.ca.gov/
California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)

The Most Informative website for Californians
on Health Care Coverage--great tools and
resources and Consumer Complaints Hotline
Mailing Address:
Department of Managed Health Care
California Help Center
980 9th Street, Suite 500
Sacramento, CA 95814-2725
Telephone 1-888-466-2219 (multi-language)
FAX: 916-255-5241
TDD: 1-877-688-9891
http://www.dmhc.ca.gov/


Foundation For Health Coverage Information
Simple public and private health insurance
eligibility information in order to help more
people access coverage, including the uninsured
and the under-insured from this non-profit public
advocacy and education site.
http://www.coverageforall.org

California Department of Insurance (CDI)
Information on health insurance plans in
California (CDI licenses and regulates some non-HMO
health and disability insurance and most Medigap plans.)
1-800-927-4357 (many languages)
1-800-482-4833 (TTY)
http://www.insurance.ca.gov (English and Spanish)

Covered California Insurance Exchange
(Obamacare for California)
Subsidized healthcare insurance for
qualified Californians.
Note: Monthly premiums may be low and
subsidized, but first-dollar coverage annual deductible may have as high as a $5000 deductible for an individual.
Preventive Services such as an annual physical exam and disease screening tests may have no deductible.  Compare different carriers and plans carefully.
1-800-300-1506 or go to website below for online chat
http://www.coveredca.com/

HICAP (California Health Insurance
Counseling and Advocacy Program)
Free information, counseling, and advocacy
for people who have or will soon have
Medicare
1-800-434-0222 (many languages)
Local 1-805-477-7310
https://cahealthadvocates.org/hicap/
 
Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping
Health Insurance in California
Information on insurance, including low-cost
health care
http://www.healthinsuranceinfo.net


Health Coverage Guide
Information on health insurance for small
businesses, including cost estimates, tax
savings and legal rights.  THIS IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION, NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY.
http://healthcoverageguide.org/states/california/
 
Internal Revenue Service
Form 969, for information on Health Savings
Accounts and Flexible Spending Accounts
1-888-829-1040 (many languages)
1-829-4059 (TTY)
https://www.irs.gov/ (English and Spanish)

MRMIP (California Major Risk Medical
Insurance Program) has transitioned to 

The Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) (formerly Access for Infants & Mothers (AIM) program) provides low cost health insurance coverage to uninsured, middle income pregnant women.

1-800-433-2611​

(many languages)
P.O. Box 15559
Sacramento, CA 95852

 http://mcap.dhcs.ca.gov/Home/default.aspx

Possibly the most important website on this self-help list: 
National Association of Health Underwriters
Links to the "Men In Black" MIB Healthcare Records Database
that includes most of your lifetime  personal health claim history
which is made available to health, auto, life, etc. insurers.
Your information on the NAHU database be corrected for approx. $8.00 per year.
Consumer Information
(202) 552-5060
email for more information to   info@nahu.org



AIM Program (Access for Infants and Mothers)
Low-cost health insurance for low-income and
middle-income pregnant women and their
newborns  1-800-433-2611 (many languages)
http://www.aim.ca.gov (English and Spanish)

California Children's Services (CCS)
A statewide program that treats children with
Certain disabilities and health problems
http://www.dhs.ca.gov/pcfh/cms/ccs/

County Medical Services Program (CMSP)
Health care for low-income adults in 34
California counties
http://www.cmspcounties.org

Health Consumer
Fact sheets on low-cost health care, in many
languages
www.healthconsumer.org (many languages)

Healthy Families
State program with low-cost health and
dental insurance for children in low-income families
1-800-880-5305 (many languages)
www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov (English and Spanish)

Medi-Cal
State and federal program with health care for
people who qualify because of low or no
incomes and/or costly disabilities
1-800-541-5555 (English and Spanish)
1-916-636-1980 (many languages)
1-866-784-2595 (TTY)
http://www.medi-cal.ca.gov

Medi-Cal Fair Hearing
File an appeal if your health plan denies you
the services you need
1-800-952-5253 (English and Spanish)



Medi-Cal Managed Care Ombudsman
Help if you have a problem you cannot solve
with your health plan
1-888-452-8609 (many languages)
 


Medi-Cal Mental Health Care Ombudsman
Help with Medi-Cal mental health care
services 1-800-896-4042 (many languages)



CATEGORY:  Medications At Low-Cost or No Cost

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
Help for patients who do not have
prescription drug coverage 1-888-477-2669
http://www.pparx.org/about.php (English and Spanish)

 Co-Pay ReliefTM  Prescription Drug Payment Assistance
Financial assistance with prescription drug
co-payments for patients with certain
diseases and illnesses.
1-800-532-5274 (English and Spanish)
www.copays.org

 RX Help for CA prescription Drug Payment Assistance
Help for patients who do not have
prescription drug coverage
1-877-777-7815

Destination Rx         
Private website with
advertisers to help you to compare drug
costs in your zip code by entering monthly
dosage to get a fare comparison of your local
retail pharmacies. Prices can differ by 300%!
http://http://www.drx.com/
http://www.rxhelpforca.org



CATEGORY:  Keeping Your Health Insurance
(Federal COBRA, Cal-COBRA, HIPAA)



These are laws that allow you to keep your
health insurance if you lose your job or your
hours are reduced.
U.S. Department of Labor COBRA
Information on the Federal COBRA program
to help you keep group health insurance if
you lose your job or your hours are cut
1-866-444-3272 (English and Spanish, Chinese) 1-877-889-5627
www.dol.gov/dol/topic/healthplans/cobra.htm (English and Spanish)

California Office of the Patient Advocate
Information for Cal-COBRA free advocacy, including
employees of small businesses. an agency of last resort
http://www.opa.ca.gov/english/about/consumer_information/
www.COBRA_financial_assistance.aspx
1-866-466-8900
TTY 1-866-499-0858
980 9th Street, Suite 500
Sacramento , CA 95814
(916) 324-6407 



U.S. Department of Labor HIPAA
Information on your Federal HIPAA rights to
buy or keep
health insurance
1-866-444-3272 (English and Spanish, Chinese)
1-877-889-5627 (TTY)
www.dol.gov/dol/topic/healthplans/portability.htm (English and Spanish)



CATEGORY: Disabilities




Californians for Disability Rights
Member organization representing people
with disabilities  (Click on "Chapters" to see
resources in your area.)
www.disabilityrights-cdr.org



Disability Rights Legal Center
Legal aid and referrals for people with
disabilities, including a Cancer Legal
Resource Center, a Learning
Rights Project, and other resources
www.disabilityrightslegalcenter.org



Family Voices
Health care advocacy for children with
disabilities 1-888-835-5669
www.familyvoices.org (English and Spanish)
1-866-226-1819 (TTY)



Alamar Healthcare, Inc. 58 W. Loop Dr.   
Camarillo, CA 93010   Tel. 1-805-484-0055


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Tel.  1-805-484-0055  24/7 answering service 

We believe that Alamar Healthcare, Inc. is the solution for new patients who face the challenge of searching successfully for the answer to the questions, "where are there doctors near me  who will meet my medical needs?" Or, "Where is there urgent care near me for established patients?"  New patients, whether healthy or sick, may schedule a new patient visit, at 1-805-484-0055.   After your first physician visit, you may schedule all  follow-up medical appointments for chronic diseases, acute care, or urgent care as our appointment times allow at the same phone number.  Our physicians in primary care treat or coordinate specialty health care for diseases such as  cardiovascular, heart disease, IBS, stroke, and T.I.A.  We also treat the internal medicine and geriatrics conditions common to cancers such as breast cancer, prostate cancer, and lung cancer.   Alamar Healthcare providers treat or coordinate mental health conditions with specialists including depression, anxiety, dementia and Alzheimers Disease.  Our doctors and hand-picked on-call physicians follow our patients from the Alamar Healthcare office to hospital, nursing home, and assisted living, and coordinate care planning with home health agencies and hospice. 

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