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August 16, 2011 > Alliance named community provider for county

Alliance named community provider for county

Submitted By Arika Anderson Daniels

The Alameda Alliance for Health (the Alliance) has been named Alameda County's Community Provider Plan for the Healthy Families Program by the state of California's Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board. With this designation, the Alliance will be able to offer comprehensive health care coverage at a lower monthly premium to children in Alameda County.

"It is an honor to be named Alameda County's Community Provider Plan," said Ingrid Lamirault, CEO of the Alliance. "As the only Community Provider Plan for this county, we remain committed to providing affordable, quality health care coverage for local children."

One Healthy Families Program plan in each California County receives the Community Provider Plan designation. The Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board selects designated plans each year based upon the number of traditional and safety net providers a particular plan has in its network.

The Community Provider Plan designation enables families who select the Alliance as their Healthy Families Program health plan to benefit from a lower monthly premium than if they were to choose another Healthy Families plan in Alameda County. The premiums range from $4 - $21 per child per month with a maximum of $63 per household.

Families can take advantage of the lower monthly premiums by enrolling in the Alliance during the Open Enrollment period. Each year, the Healthy Families Program allows members to change health, dental, and vision plans during the Open Enrollment period. This year Open Enrollment begins on July 15, 2011 and ends on August 31, 2011. This is the only time that Healthy Families members can switch health plans. Changes approved during Open Enrollment will be effective on October 1, 2011.

To qualify for coverage under the Healthy Families Program, children must be under the age of 19, not eligible for or enrolled in no-cost Medi-Cal, and have a family income of up to 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level or an annual household income up to $55,884 for a family of four. The program serves children who are U.S. citizens, nationals or eligible qualified immigrants.

Families and community agencies can obtain help with enrollment by calling Healthy Families at 1-888-747-1222 or visiting www.healthyfamilies.ca.gov.

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