APIDC understands the uneasiness that may come when dealing with COVID-19. As we address the outbreak of COVID-19, APIDC extends both empathy and support during such uncertain times.
Know Your Rights
The following information is from Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County.
Where can I find trusted information about the coronavirus and how to protect myself?
- Contact your doctor or primary care physician by phone or email.
- Other sources for information are the LA County Department of Public Health, California Department of Public Health, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Does health insurance cover coronavirus testing?
Yes. All public and commercial health insurance plans in the State of California (including Medi-Cal, Medicare, and Covered CA plans) are required to cover the entire cost of testing and screening.
Do health insurance plans cover coronavirus treatment?
- If you have full Medi-Cal benefits, treatment is available at no cost.
- Medicare should cover lab tests, medically necessary outpatient care, and hospitalizations.
- For other insurance plans, treatment should be covered but costs may vary. Most plans are required to waive prior authorization requirements related to coronavirus. Check with your plan prior to treatment.
- LA County Department of Health Services programs like My Health LA and the DHS Ability to Pay Program may also cover treatment if you don’t have other insurance.
What if I need to get a prescription but I don’t want to go into a pharmacy?
For most plans (including Medi-Cal and Medicare Part D) you can get a 90-day supply of a prescription mailed to you for free.
What should I do if I feel anxious?
- Call the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Access Center 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-854-7771.
- Call 24/7 Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5900.
What should I do if I live in Los Angeles County and can’t access healthcare?
Please contact our free Health Consumer Center at 1-800-896-3202
Organizations and Other Resources
There are many resources that may be beneficial to you and your families, several of which are listed below. As new resources come our way, we will continue to update our website for your convenience. The list is for informational purposes only and does not imply any endorsement or recommendation by APIDC. APIDC is not responsible for the content or services provided by any of the organizations listed.