As cases of COVID-19 continue to increase the need for accurate and timely medical information is absolutely critical. People who are uninsured or have Medi-Cal, but no regular source of care, experience significant challenges accessing information and care during this pandemic. Presumptive Eligibility (PE) for COVID-19 was implemented on April 8, 2020 and is available to individuals to seek the necessary COVID-19 diagnostic testing, testing-related services, and treatment services, including all medically necessary care such as the associated office, clinic, or emergency room visits related to COVID-19 at no cost to the individuals.
The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)has recently launched a 24 hour/ 7 days a week Medi-Nurse phone line specifically to address questions and concerns related to COVID 19 for people who are uninsured or have Medi-Cal but no regular source of care.
Medi-Nurse services are available in multiple languages to provide information on COVID-19 – symptoms, testing, when, where and how to seek treatment – and how to apply for health insurance if needed. If you, or someone you know, are uninsured or a Medi-Cal beneficiary that does not have a regular source of care and experiencing symptoms that could be COVID-19 related do not delay accessing medical advice. Call 1-877-409-9052 and speak to a Medi-Nurse.
COVID-19 Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Shortness of Breath
- Muscle or Body Aches
- New Loss of Taste or Smell
- Sore Throat
- Congestion/Runny Nose