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by: Morgan Williams

With winter in full swing, one of the primary concerns for many would be the pursuit of staying healthy.  With cold and flu season running rampant this time of year, it can become quite a difficult task, in terms of being able to stay healthy and with that, it would require a strong approach toward taking the necessary steps, in order to ensure that health is achieved.  One of the best ways to ensure health and wellness, is through regular check-up appointments with various doctors that can notice things before they occur and to provide the necessary remedies that can heal any ailment after it has arisen, so that it will not have the opportunity to get any worse.  Especially in a struggling economic situation as many are seeing at the present time, the increasing cost associated with medical care is something that many are faced with.  Fortunately for those that are in the position of needing medical coverage, there are options available for health insurance, otherwise what would have come to be known as CMSP & Path 2 Health, as well as Medi-Cal for those that would be found to qualify.
An important thing to mention in regard to Path 2 Health, as the program will see a change effective 01/01/2014.  For those that would have already been a part of the system, those enrollees will face an automatic transition at the start of the new year to the Medi-Cal system, as Path2 Health will have ended as of 12/31/13.  As the date drew near, many of those enrolled in the system would have received letters in the mail, alerting them to the change and telling them what if anything would need to be done.  As always, when in doubt it is always good to call and ask questions if anything does not appear to make sense, or if any other form of clarification is needed.  For starters, a good number to have is (800) 670-6133. This is the Anthem Customer Care Center telephone number.
To get into more specific detail, those individuals serviced in this case, will be individuals that will have been deemed to reside at the poverty level (138%) and that this would be in terms of overall income level.  A good website to have in this case would be the following: http://mypath2health.org/news_coverage.html.  You can either make the trip to 78 Table Mountain Drive (located just behind 7-11) to pick up the paperwork to apply for benefits, or you can go online to www.c4yourself.com which is the online website that allows you to apply for medical and other benefits that may be needed.  This is widely considered to be the more preferred option of the two, as it allows for the chance to complete the materials from home.
Health care costs continue to rise, so it is of the greatest importance to make the effort to get health insurance when possible.  In terms of some startling statistical data, according to Paul Fronstin of the Employee Benefit Research Institute and in conjunction with the California Health Care Foundation (2013, para. 1), the state of California has a staggering number of residents that have no insurance, and in terms of overall rank, the state ranks 7th in terms of people without insurance that are under the age of 65.  To get a better idea of this, a great URL to have on hand is the following: http://www.chcf.org/publications/2013/12/californias-uninsured. The lesson to take away from this would be that health care is a real concern and there are options available, such as those that you can apply for through the www.c4yourself.com online system.

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