Is Health Insurance Changing in 2018?

With all of the uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you might be wondering what, if anything, to do about your health insurance. While health insurance was front page news recently, the good news is that there were no changes to the ACA and all Americans are still required to have health insurance.

For Californians who don’t have health insurance from an employer, Covered California is where you can get health insurance under the ACA for you and your family. There are 11 health insurance options to choose from throughout the state and many regions have at least 3 plans.

Already have insurance through Covered California?

  • Covered California’s renewal period begins October 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018.

Getting health insurance through Covered California for the first time?

  • Covered California’s open enrollment period starts November 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018.

If you get your health insurance through your employer, find out when your company-sponsored open enrollment is. By working with your Human Resources department, you can make any needed changes.

Making sure you have, and keep, health insurance is an important part of staying healthy. Now is a good time to make changes or even enroll for the first time. Cares Community Health Eligibility staff can help answer any questions you might have about health insurance. Just give them a call at 916-914-6391.

Covered California can also help you with any questions you might have about coverage under the ACA.  Check out or call them at (800) 300-1506.

Remember, nothing has changed under the ACA so don’t miss this opportunity to find a plan that works best for you and your family.

Christy Ward
Chief Executive Officer

Cares Community Health
Is Your Medical Home

Cares Community Health has been recognized as a Level III Patient Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The patient-centered medical home—one of modern health care’s most important innovations—is a model of care that emphasizes care coordination and communication to transform primary care into “what you want it to be.”

NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Recognition is the most widely-adopted model for transforming primary care practices into medical homes. Medical Homes provide primary health care that is relationship-based with an orientation toward the whole person. Partnering with patients and their families requires understanding and respecting each patient’s unique needs, culture, values, and preferences. The medical home practice actively supports patients in learning to manage and organize their own care at the level the patient chooses. Recognizing that patients and families are core members of the care team, medical home practices ensure that they are fully informed partners in establishing care plans.

Cares Community Health was also recognized as an Advocacy Center of Excellence – Silver Level by the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC).  This is given to any Health Center that has achieved certain measures of advocacy success and demonstrated ongoing commitment to advocacy by making it an organizational priority.




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Cares Community Health has a full range of services to meet all your health care needs. We have physicians, nurse practitioners, dentists, psychiatrists, mental health therapists, substance abuse counselors, nutritionist services and a full service pharmacy.

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Cares Community Health offers low cost & confidential walk-in and appointment HIV & STD testing Monday – Thursday, 8AM-7PM; Friday, 8AM-6PM; and Saturday, 9AM-5PM. Please note, Mondays and Fridays are our busiest days for HIV & STD testing. Make an appointment to avoid a long wait time.  No one will be turned away if they are unable to pay.

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Cares Community Health
1500 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95811

Clinic Service Hours

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8am – 7pm
8am – 6pm
9am – 5pm

Pharmacy Hours

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9am – 6pm

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7:30am – 6:30pm
8:30am – 5:30pm
(closed for lunch
from 12pm-12:30pm)