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Fall: Season To Get Your Flu Shot

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone age 6 months and older receive a flu shot by the end of October. Getting the flu vaccine early in fall helps protect you before the flu spreads. After you get the shot, it takes about two weeks for your body to develop antibodies to protect you against the flu.

There are some people who are more likely to have complications when they get the flu: kids under age 5, adults 65 years and older, pregnant women, residents of nursing home and facilities, and American Indians and Alaskan Natives. So, it is important for these folks to get a flu shot to prevent severe flu complications.

Call (323)644-3888 to schedule a flu shot with as soon as possible! Ask your doctor or medical provider if you have any questions.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is the use of sexual abuse, physical assault, or other abusive behavior by an individual to gain power and control over the other. It affects people of different genders, races, ages, socioeconomic groups, and communities. Domestic violence is a widespread problem that needs to be addressed, which is why October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Domestic violence includes physical abuse and emotional abuse. Some examples of non-physical abuse include stalking, threats against the victim’s family or friends, and controlling behavior towards the victim. These actions can negatively affect the victim’s thoughts and emotions. In fact, domestic violence has been correlated with a higher rate of suicide and depression. These emotional and mental problems often times lead to abuse of drugs and alcohol.

In order to help individuals escape from or prevent domestic violence, one of the most important things is to educate people on the warning signs that someone might be an abuser. These warning signs are extreme jealousy, a bad temper, possessiveness, preventing the victim from going to work or school, controlling all the finances, etc. It is important to understand that anyone can be a victim of domestic violence. If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence or might be suffering from domestic violence call the 24/7 National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE).

Tell Congress to Protect Your Health Insurance

APHCV serves thousands of women, men, and children who have gained access to health care through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.  Because of the ACA, people are able to receive affordable and comprehensive treatment for chronic conditions, preventive care such as cancer screenings and immunizations and regular physical check-ups.

There have been policy moves to repeal of ACA in Washington D.C.  Such repeal will send all of us back to the days when the uninsured seek care in emergency room, people with pre-existing conditions could be denied health care coverage, and many “curtailed” their health care because they could not afford. The repeal means that nearly 30 million Americans would lose their coverage.

Call Congress today at 202-224-3121.

  •  Follow the voice prompts and you will be connected to your Congressional office.
  • Let them know your name.
  • Tell them that you support the ACA and don’t want to see it repealed, particularly without a replacement.
  • Remind them that California has reduced its uninsured rates by half, that we have created thousands of new jobs and have healthier communities.

Please join us in our effort to keep people insured, particularly those most vulnerable populations in our communities!!

 

Kazue Shibata
Chief Executive Officer

Join APHCV’s Board of Directors

APHCV is currently recruiting APHCV patients to serve on our Board of Directors. The APHCV Board meets on the 4th Monday of every month from 6 pm to 8 pm at the APHCV-Los Feliz Health Center. We are looking for patients like you who care about your fellow community members and want to make APHCV’s health care services the best they can be. No previous skills are necessary, just someone who is passionate about making sure everyone has access to quality health care.

For more information, contact Lorali De Los Reyes at (323) 644-3880 ext. 485

Medi-Cal Recipients to be Terminated without Annual Re-Determination

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LA Department of Public Social Services to Begin Issuing Termination Letters to Medi-Cal Recipients

February 29, 2016

Beginning March 2016, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) will begin sending Notice of Action letters to Medi-Cal recipients, terminating benefits for those who have not completed their Annual Redetermination forms or provided incomplete renewals between July 2015 and March 2016.

Medi-Cal recipients are expected to complete an Annual Redetermination form in order to renew their health insurance benefits for another year. For those beneficiaries who haven’t completed a renewal in the last 12 months, be on the lookout for any mail coming from DPSS as it may contain a Notice of Action letter. Failure to respond to DPSS will result in termination of Medi-Cal benefits and loss of your health insurance.

If you have moved in the last year, call your DPSS Eligibility Worker and let them know your new address. This is important to ensuring you receive DPSS letters and maintain your health insurance benefits.

If you receive a Notice of Action letter and are unsure of what to do, talk to an APHCV Enrollment Worker. APHCV Enrollment Workers are certified enrollment counselors who can help you with all of the paperwork to keep your Medi-Cal benefits. Simply call for more information.

Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc. (www.aphcv.org) is a nonprofit, federally-qualified health center that provides culturally competent health education and primary care services to over 13,400 patients annually, more than 47% of whom are uninsured. APHCV provides over 48,500 medical and mental health visits each year in multiple Asian languages, in addition to English and Spanish. APHCV operates four community health centers in Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. APHCV can be reached at . Medical appointments for the APHCV-Belmont Health Center can be made by calling , APHCV-El Monte/Rosemead Health Center at , and APHCV-Los Feliz Health Center at