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Super Heroes - Eradicator

lts, ages 5-16, about the health-related dangers of smoking and tobacco usage. Eradicator makes appearances at a variety of community events, including school events, health fairs and other health-related activities. He has connected with thousands of children and young adults throughout the years, autographing posters and comic books. Eradicator Video Eradicator Comic Book (PDF)

Special Programs - Independent Living and Diversity Resources

A resource for health providers, IPAs and others interested in the Americans with Disabilities Act, California law as it related to accessibility and Universal Design. In partnership with our Provider Network, IEHP strives to break down barriers to medical care and promote health and wellness for Members with disabilities. With accessibility issues often cited as an obstacle to care, we publish this site to help all stakeholders in the health care system understand the barriers and in some cases the solutions. We invite you to browse these topics: Information on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accessibility of Doctor's offices, clinics, and other health care providers is essential in providing medical care to people with Disabilities. Find out more by following the link to the ADA's Access Guide (PDF). The Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and sets national standards for accessibility. Each page in this section gives you a summary of ADA related documents and a link to the actual Federal resource.  By clicking on this link, you will be leaving the IEHP website. View the full text of the law at the ADA Website.  Enforcement Lawsuits for ADA Violations U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1994 Status reports, briefs, and settlement information will help you stay up-to-date on precedent-setting ADA litigation. Unsuccessful negotiations or mediation may lead to federal lawsuits. Courts can order compensatory damages, back pay, or civil penalties up to $55,000 for the first violation and $110,000 for any subsequent one.  Read more about DOJ Litigation Alternative to Litigation U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Mediation Program Established: 1994 Mediation, which is confidential and voluntary, can resolve some ADA disputes quickly and satisfactorily – without the expense and delay of formal investigation and litigation.  Read more about DOJ Mediation Facts and Information Diagnosing & Treating Members with Auditory Disability Communicating with People Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Hospital Settings U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 2003 Interactive doctor-patient discussions with individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may require an interpreter to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment. DOJ’s brief outlines the types of interpreter services including sign language, oral interpretation, cued speech, and Computer Assisted Real-time Transcription (CART). Read the Full Article: HTM PDF Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities Phone Calls & Auditory/Speech Disabilities - Technology Breaks Communication Barriers Created by IEHP, 2006 Learn about FREE options for effective telephone communication with individuals who have auditory and/or speech disabilities: National Telecommunication Relay Service (TRS) – two-way translation between individuals using a TTY and a standard telephone Speech-to-Speech (STS) Relay Service – assistance for individuals with speech disabilities by repeating their message verbatim. Read the Full Article  Fact Sheet - PDF Fact Sheet - TXT Dispelling ADA Myths Just the Facts on the ADA Adapted from 1995 DOJ fact sheet IEHP, 2006 Get the facts on common ADA misconceptions. ADA Myths & Facts  PDF Text Accessibility Pays Off at Tax Time Tax Incentives for ADA Compliance Take advantage tax incentives that help eligible businesses comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.  The Federal and California state governments offer Tax Credits and/or Deductions for improving accessibility and/or employing persons with disabilities. Attorney General’s ADA Tax Incentives Packet Your practice/health care facility may be eligible for tax credits and/or deductions to help offset the costs of improving accessibility for patients and employees with disabilities. The Attorney General’s packet includes a fact sheet and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) form and instructions. Download IEHP's Fact Sheet PDF Text  Download the Attorney General's information packet: Website Legal Obligations Standards for Accessible Design ADA Accessibility Guidelines U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 The ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) include stringent criteria for health care Providers as well as additional requirements based on building use (special application 6 – Medical Care Facilities). The Standards for Accessible Design apply to the architecture and construction of new buildings/facilities as well as alterations to existing structures. Download the Standards Standards - PDF Standards - HTM Download Special Application 6 (Health Care Facilities) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (PDF) Access to Medical Care for Individuals with Mobility Disabilities (HTM) Removing Existing Barriers Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal Adaptive Environments Center, Inc. and Barrier Free Environments, Inc. 1995 Identify accessibility problems and solutions for eliminating physical/architectural and communication barriers. Use this informal checklist as a guide to meet your obligations under the ADA (for existing facilities only, not new construction or alterations). Download the checklist for readily achievable barrier removal Checklist - PDF Checklist - HTM ADA Regulations for Health Care Providers Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1991 Federal regulations for accessibility at Health care facilities include standards for the architecture of buildings, alterations, and new construction (ADA, Title III).  DOJ article - PDF DOJ article - HTM Basic ADA Requirements for Health Care Providers ADA Title III Highlights U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1990 This functional outline of the ADA’s Title III (section covering health care providers) helps you become familiar with key requirements that impact you and your patients. DOJ’s overview provides details in bullet format for quick reference. See the Full DOJ Article Practical Guidance for ADA Compliance Title III Technical Assistance Manual  U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) 1993 and 1994 This manual (with supplement) outlines ADA requirements for businesses to ensure access to goods, services, and facilities. The reader-friendly format offers: Lay terms and practical examples (limited legalese) Focused, systematic description of requirements Questions/answers and illustrations  Read the full Manual Read the Supplement Technical Assistance DOJ ADA Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act  The official ADA website of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) offers the most up-to-date information and practical guidance on design, construction, and operation:  Regulations and standards impacting Providers and Members  Accessibility and reasonable accommodations guidelines  Solutions for ensuring access within your budget  Tax credits and incentives  Technical assistance and materials/publications Visit DOJ's ADA Homepage Avoid Costly Building Mistakes Common ADA Errors and Omissions in New Construction and Alterations  U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division Published 1997 Incorporating ADA Standards into initial building/alteration plans helps ensure patient safety as well as cost-effectiveness. Review some of the most common accessibility errors/omissions identified through DOJ’s ongoing enforcement efforts. Following each error/omission, you’ll find an explanation of its significance and reference to the appropriate requirement under the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.   Online ADA Course Reaching Out to Customers with Disabilities U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) with Representatives of Business and Disability Communities 2005 Learn about ADA compliance in an online course with 10 short lessons. Policies, Practices, and Procedures Communicating with Customers Who Have Disabilities New Buildings, Additions, and Remodeling Removing Barriers in Buildings That Are Not Being Remodeled Providing Access When Removing Barriers Is Not Readily Achievable Maintaining Accessibility Transporting Customers ADA Compliance Costs and Tax Incentives Enforcement of the ADA Information Sources Take the ADA online course Pacific Region ADA Technical Assistance Disability Business Technical Assistance Center (DBTAC) Region IX  National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research U.S. Department of Education 1995 Get information on your compliance obligations, problem-solving assistance, and referrals from ADA experts – without the high cost of a consultant. The 10 regional ADA & IT Technical Assistance Centers serve strictly as educational entities to help you understand your rights and responsibilities and have no enforcement or advocacy responsibilities. Federal Region IX, Pacific, serves: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and the Pacific Basin. Visit Pacific ADA Center Visit DBTAC Homepage Visit NIDRR Community Based Adult Services (CBAS) Reminder: Community-Based Adult Center (PDF) SPD Awareness Training  By clicking on these links, you may be leaving the IEHP website. By making your facilities accessible you convey a sense of welcome for people with disabilities. Most of all, you comply with the requirements set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities on the basis of their disability in programs and services that receive federal financial assistance. Please see the resources below for more detailed information. Office Accessibility How to Make Your Medical Office More Accessible (PDF) Guidebook: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table (PDF) Video #1: How to Safely Transfer Patients with Disabilities to an Exam Table Video #2: Using an Accessible Scale to Weigh Patients with Disabilities Accessibility Checklist (PDF) Community Resources Community Resources Guide (PDF) Disability Competency and Sensitive Training Disability Etiquette Guide (PDF) You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. You can download a free copy by clicking here.

Medi-Cal Dental Coverage Insurance Information - Medi-Cal Dental Coverage Insurance Information

ms can start in our mouths, that's why Medi-Cal dental coverage is so vital to California residents. Medi-Cal is the name for the California Medi-Cal Assistance Program, the regions Medicaid program. Medi-Cal provides health and medical dental insurance coverage for qualified families and individuals in California. Does Medi-Cal Cover Dental? Yes, Medi-Cal covers a wide range of dental services through their Medi-Cal Dental Program. This benefit is included with your Medi-Cal coverage at little to no cost to you. To access Medi-Cal's dental services, you can visit a Medi-Cal dental provider. They will let you know what the best form of treatment is under your Medi-Cal dental coverage. If you have any questions or need help finding a Medi-Cal dental provider, call the Medi-Cal Dental Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-6384, or visit www.smilecalifornia.org. What Does Medi-Cal Cover for Dental? Medi-Cal dental coverage includes the following: Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (e.g., examinations, x-rays, and teeth cleanings) Emergency services for pain control Tooth extractions Fillings Root canal treatments (anterior/posterior) Crowns (prefabricated/laboratory) Scaling and root planing Periodontal maintenance Complete and partial dentures; and Orthodontics for kids who qualify Does Medi-Cal cover root canals? Yes, Medi-Cal dental will cover both anterior and posterior root canals. Does Medi-Cal cover braces? Orthodontics are only covered for kids who qualify for this type of specialist treatment under Medi-Cal's dental services. Why You Need Dental Insurance It is a fact that your mouth can give a clear sign of your overall health. This is because dental health and hygiene link to other areas of the body, including the heart. It is vital to visit the dentist on a regular basis, to make sure your oral health is not causing you any problems. That said, dental work can be costly. Even more costly as we get older, and our teeth and gums start to weaken. Medi-Cal dental helps all Medi-Cal members save money on preventative and restorative dental work. Here are some reasons why dental health insurance is so important: Insurance pays for expensive dental care. For some people, dental care means two visits a year for checkups and teeth cleaning. For others, it means thousands of dollars in restorative surgery bills. Whether you brush your teeth three times a day or not, dental problems can come without notice. To prevent paying expensive dental bills apply for Medi-Cal coverage and visit a Medi-Cal registered dentist. Medi-Cal will pay some or all of the costs of your dental procedures. Keep great oral health and hygiene. The best way to save money on dental health bills (besides applying for Medi-Cal coverage) is to keep up to date on the overall health of your mouth. Regular dental checkups will help to make sure that your oral health is checked. Medi-Cal dental will cover *routine checkups. Give your kids a head start. According to the Pew Center on the States, about 20% of a child's healthcare expenses come from dental costs. Tooth decay is one of the most common and preventable childhood diseases. It's five times more common than asthma and seven times more prevalent than fever in U.S kids. Twenty percent of kids 0-5 do not get yearly dental checkups. Kids with oral health problems have a hard time learning in school. The U.S Department of Health and Human Services estimates that kids lose over 51 million school hours per year due to dental issues. How to Apply for Medi-Cal Dental Coverage If you have Medi-Cal, you will be able to use your dental benefits at any Medi-Cal Dental provider in California. All you need to do is make an appointment and show your Medi-Cal card when you visit the dentist. To apply to Medi-Cal, call our professional Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. You can also call Health Care Options at 1-800-430-4263 or visit www.healthcareoptions.dhcs.ca.gov. TTY users should call 1-800-430-7077. At IEHP, we are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding Medi-Cal dental coverage. We can also help you apply for Medi-Cal online.  *For more information on guidelines and coverage for Medi-Cal Dental age groups, please visit the covered services section on the Smile California website.  

How to Get Care - Medicine Safety

Answers What can happen if I take a few medicines at the same time? When you take two or more medicines, they will likely mix well. On certain occasions, you might have what’s called a “drug-to-drug interaction.” This means that some medicines you take together may cause an adverse reaction in your body. For example, a “drug-to-drug” interaction could: make your medicines not work as well (weaken them) make one or more of the medicines too strong and cause unwanted side effects, which could be deadly TIP: Talk to your Pharmacist about all medicines you take and ask if they mix well together. What are some reasons that I might have a harmful effect from taking one or more medicines at the same time? These reasons might include: dose may be too high interaction with other drugs Note: Everyone can react differently – based on age, weight, gender, etc. TIP: To avoid problems when taking two or more medicines together, tell your health care Provider and Pharmacist about all the medicines (and other remedies) you are taking.    How do I know if I’m taking the right medicine – at the right dose, at the right time to control my symptoms? Any medicine taken the wrong way might put your health at risk.  A drug maker has to show research data to the FDA to get each medicine approved. This research could be about: how the medicine works why it is safe to take (or not) what dose works best with the fewest side effects Could a medicine taken at a high dose be harmful? Yes. That is why your Pharmacist checks your medicines to make sure you are on the right dose. Don’t forget to ask your Doctor or Pharmacist any questions about your medicine.  Taking higher than recommended doses of certain over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medicines – including abuse or misuse of the medicines – can cause serious health problems. It could even lead to death. Also, a dose that is safe for you may not be safe for someone else.     Who most often needs to have their medicine dose changed and why? Certain people need to have their dose changed, so that they don’t take too much (called “overdosing”). These include the elderly, children, and women who are pregnant or mothers who are breastfeeding, and people with chronic health conditions.  Always ask your Pharmacist if the medicines are safe for you to take at the prescribed doses. Don’t share your medicines with friends or family.    What are “duplicate drug therapies”? Why do I need to know about this? You might have different Doctors who have prescribed medicines that work in the same way for you. When medicines have similar active ingredients, they could be:  the same medicine with different names (for example, one could have a brand name and the other might have a generic name), or  two medicines of similar nature TIP: Be cautious about taking the same medicine twice – as you could have two bottles of the same medicine! TIP: It’s important for you to keep a full list of each medicine, vitamin and herbal remedy you are taking. Please show this list to your Pharmacist or your Doctor. The list helps your health care Provider check for any unwanted effects between drugs and check that the two or more medicines work well for you or not. What happens if my medicine is recalled? A recall may be issued if a medication is: A health hazard: If there is some health risk associated with the medication.  Mislabeled or packaged poorly: If there is a problem with the dosing tool provided with the drug.  Poorly manufactured: If there are defects related to poor quality, impurities, and incorrectly potency of the drug from the manufacturer.  Please click here to view an up-to-date list of drug recall notifications. Why are some medicines “high risk” for the elderly?  Some medicines can be too strong for a certain group of people and are considered “high risk” for them. This special group may include older people, pregnant women or mothers who are breastfeeding, children, and people with other medical conditions affecting their kidney or liver. For example, certain medicines prescribed for memory issues may have a side-effect that causes dizziness in some seniors who are at “high risk” for falling. In that case, an alternative medicine (or no medicine) for this condition would be better.   Where can I find details about medicines that might be harmful for older people? If you are over 65 years old, ask your Doctor or Pharmacist if the medicines you are taking may not be right for you.  Please see the short list below of the most common medicines prescribed that may be harmful for older people.  Older adults (age 65+): Check with your Doctor first before taking these medicines: Medicine or Medicine Class   Potential Risks Sliding scale insulin May make your blood sugar level too low – without improving the condition Glyburide  May cause a long period of excessively low blood sugar Muscle relaxants  May be poorly tolerated Barbiturates May increase risk of dependence and overdose Benzodiazepines (alprazolam, temazepam, lorazepam) May increase risk of falls and fractures To learn more, visit: https://www.pharmacytoday.org/article/S1042-0991(19)31235-6/fulltext Pharmacy Benefits: Medi-Cal Members IEHP Dual Choice Cal MediConnect Members

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements

of Phase 1A of its vaccination roadmap, vaccines will be distributed to caregivers with In-Home Support Services (IHSS), intermediate care centers, and public and community health centers, including facilities for mental health. Click here to learn more. 1/12/21: San Bernardino County introduces a coronavirus quarantine and isolation calculator. This tool allows people to determine how long they should self-isolate after testing positive for COVID-19, being sick with COVID-19, or being exposed to someone with COVID-19. Click here for more info. 12/7/20: The governor announced a stay at home order for Southern California regions, including Riverside and San Bernardino County, for a minimum of three weeks. This order is in response to a rapid growth in COVID-19 cases and a substantial increase in hospitalizations and ICU admissions. Click here to learn more.  9/11/20: To continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19, Riverside County is urging residents to get tested. In addition, increased testing will help the county move into the next level of the state’s reopening plan. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org.   8/21/20: Health officials urge Riverside County residents to get tested for COVID-19, whether or not they are experiencing symptoms. For testing locations, visit gettested.ruhealth.org.  8/21/20: To stop the spread of COVID-19, San Bernardino County Public Health Director urges all residents to get tested. Watch this video to learn more.  7/24/20: Fraud reports have increased due to uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, leaving many San Bernardino residents unsure how to avoid scams or report them to authorities. Scams include fake at-home COVID-19 testing kits or vaccinations, IRS impersonators, illegal robocalls and fake charities. For more information visit the San Bernardino County Public Website. 6/29/20: San Bernardino County is encouraging all residents, including those who have not experienced symptoms of COVID-19, to be testing for the Coronavirus. Click here for testing locations.  6/19/20: Governor Newsom requires California residents to wear face coverings while in public. Click here to learn more. For information on how to wear a proper face covering, watch this short video. 6/12/20: A COVID-19 testing site returns to Blythe. Testing started on June 10th and will continue for two weeks. In addition, a testing site opens at the Edgemont Women’s Club in Moreno Valley and will operate June 17 through June 19th. Click here for more information.  5/29/20: Cooling Centers open throughout Riverside County, offering residents an escape from extreme heat and are open to the public at no cost. The centers will be available through October. Click here for more information.  5/29/20: New COVID-19 testing sites open in San Bernardino County. They are scheduled to run through June with appointment registrations opening weekly. For a complete list of testing locations click here: Click here for a complete list of testing locations.  5/27/20: A drive up COVID-19 testing site will be opened at the old Sears parking lot in Riverside, replacing the testing location at Harvest Christian Fellowship that is closing. Click here for a complete list of testing.   5/22/20: Riverside County added three new COVID-19 testing sites in Corona, San Jacinto and Temecula. Click here for a complete list of testing locations.  4/30/20: Riverside County’s Public Health Officer is extending his order requiring residents to wear face coverings when outside and to continue practicing social distancing through June 19. Residents are still required to remain in their primary residence under Governor Newsom’s existing “stay at home” order unless they are engaged in an essential business or activity, such as grocery shopping or visiting the doctor.  Click here for more information. 4/28/20: San Bernardino County opens up criteria for COVID-19 testing. Beginning April 30th, residents 65 and older, healthcare workers, emergency responders, and law enforcement can get tested without displaying symptoms of COVID-19. For testing information, visit the San Bernardino County website.  4/24/20: In response to an increasing number of requests for resources, Riverside County released an online map to connect residents to local food resources. Resources include senior meal sites, school district meal sites and food pantries. Click here to find food resources.  4/20/20: Testing for COVID-19 has been expanded to all Riverside County residents, including those who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms.  In addition, a fifth COVID-19 testing site will be established at the Blythe Fairgrounds on April 22nd. All residents interested in testing must call 800-945-6171 for an appointment. Click here for more information. 4/13/20: A fourth drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on Tuesday, April 14th. The site has been established at the Perris Fairgrounds, located at 18700 Lake Perris Drive. Perris, California. Residents who want to get tested must have symptoms to make an appointment, symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website.  4/13/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a community drive-through event for COVID-19 testing in Montclair on Tuesday, April 14. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents by appointment only. Residents can make an appointment online at http://wp.sbcounty.gov/dph/coronavirus/ at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 13 or by calling (909) 387-3911. Additional community drive-through events are scheduled throughout this month in Yucaipa, Big Bear Lake, Joshua Tree, and Rancho Cucamonga, California. For more information visit the San Bernardino County website.  4/8/20: Arrowhead Regional Medical Center will begin a COVID-19 drive-thru testing site on Thursday, April 9th. Appointments are required. To make an appointment call 855-422-8029. For more information visit Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.   4/7/20: CalWORKs and CalFresh renewals and SAR 7 status reports do not need to be submitted for March, April or May. This does not apply to Transitional CalFresh or Transitional Nutrition benefits. To access your benefits, visit: c4youself.com or call 877-410-8829 (San Bernardino County) 877-410-8827 (Riverside County).  4/7/20: The San Bernardino County’s Acting Health Officer ordered everyone in San Bernardino County to wear face coverings when leaving home and interacting with other people. Face coverings may include homemade cloth ear loop covers, bandannas and handkerchiefs, and neck gaiters. Also, orders all religious services to be done electronically, including upcoming Easter celebrations.Click here for more information. 4/4/20: The Riverside County Public Health Officer orders the public to stay home and cover their face when leaving and interacting with other people, including essential workers. Face coverings can be bandanas, scarves, neck gaiters or other clothing that does not have visible holes. Click here to learn more. 4/4/20: The Small Business Association (SBA) is offering forgivable loans that help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The loan application period opens on Friday, April 3, 2020. For more information visit the SBA website.   3/31/20: San Bernardino County will conduct a drive-thru sample collection event for COVID-19 in the High Desert on April 2nd. This event is open to San Bernardino County residents only. Residents can request an appointment online at sbcovid19.com or by calling (909) 387-3911. For more information on this event visit: http://www.sbcounty.gov/main/default.aspx 3/30/20 – A third drive-up COVID-19 testing site opens in Riverside County on April 1st. The site has been established at Harvest Christian Fellowship church in Riverside.  Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough.  Residents must call 800-945-6171 to make an appointment. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/30/20 – A COVID-19 testing site in Indian Wells will be relocated to the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio. The first day of testing at the fairgrounds is Tuesday (March 31). Residents must have symptoms to make an appointment, which include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose or cough. Appointments must be scheduled by calling 800-945-6171. For more information on testing locations, visit the Riverside County Public Health website. 3/27/20: San Bernardino County Public Health will conduct a drive-thru specimen collection for COVID-19 on Friday, March 27. The specimen collection for COVID-19 testing will be available for the public by appointment only. Appointment sign-up and details will be available on the county website. 3/25/20: COVID-19 testing for IEHP Members is now available at SAC Health Systems in San Bernardino. IEHP Members must call (909) 771-2911 to schedule a telephone appointment with a Doctor. The Doctor will evaluate the Member and determine if they need COVID-19 testing and will provide details on how to obtain testing. 3/20/2020: Gov Gavin Newsom announces a California statewide order for residents to “stay at home,” excluding essential entities which include grocery stores, take-out and delivery and health care organizations. IEHP is an essential entity and will continue operations to support our Members and Providers through telephonic contact only. OUR BUILDINGS ARE CLOSED TO NON-EMPLOYEES. We highly encourage you (our Members and Providers) to call us if you need any services or have any questions. Continue to visit our website for frequent updates and news from Gov Gavin Newsom. 3/19/2020: IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Hansberger, has an important message for our Members in the Coachella Valley region about the COVID-19 situation and ways for them to protect their health. Click here.  3/18/2020: To help our IEHP Members stay home and avoid public places, we encourage Members to use mail order delivery service for both new and refill prescriptions. By using this service, Members can get medicines mailed to their home at no cost by using standard shipping. 3/13/2020: We are requesting when you (including Members, Providers, Community Partners, Vendors, and all Visitors) need IEHP services, please call IEHP or your IEHP contact directly to get the help you need. If you must visit IEHP in person, please ensure that you do not have a fever, cough or breathing problem. 3/13/2020: All classes and events at IEHP’s Community Resource Centers are canceled until further notice for the protection and safety of our community during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. We apologize for any inconvenience and expect to resume classes as soon as possible.

Testimonials - Jason Lohr

es a huge impact on quality.  “Our partnership with IEHP means that our patients can get the care they need, when they need it,” said Dr. Lohr, who specializes in Family Medicine and is the CEO of SAC Health System.  SAC Health System has five sites in both Riverside and San Bernardino counties and sees about 12,000 visits per month – 90 percent of which are covered under IEHP. Specialists are housed under the same roof which results in more efficient referrals, quicker follow-up appointments and limits unnecessary testing.  Unless, a Member can’t get there at all.  “We had a patient, a man in his mid-thirties, who was completely blind and living with uncontrolled diabetes. Although we would schedule appointments for him, he had a very high no-show rate,” Dr. Lohr explained. Further investigation into his case revealed that this IEHP Member had problems with transportation and literacy, coupled with some behavioral health and depression issues. Dr. Lohr knew that his health would not improve unless the other barriers to care were addressed as well.  “He was at the point where he was basically giving up on his health. It was just too hard,” he said. That’s when the IEHP Member was referred to the Health Homes program.  “The Behavioral Health team provided wellness coaching to help him with his depression, a nurse educated him on how to control his sugars and social workers connected him with transportation assistance,” he said. “His diabetes is now controlled for the first time. He’s a great testament to the team’s care. Even he will tell you that the way he feels now is the difference between night and day.” While Dr. Lohr appreciates IEHP’s innovative programs like Health Homes, he also believes the basic day-to-day responsiveness by IEHP also makes a huge impact on how he and other Providers deliver quality care.  “When you get answers back in a timely manner, then care doesn’t have to be delayed. That’s important when it comes to keeping the trust of our patients. That makes a difference,” he said.   

Pregnancy and Postpartum

al care as early as possible improves the chances of a healthy pregnancy and childbirth.  Receiving postpartum care after childbirth is just as crucial for a woman to make sure she is healing properly and gets the help she needs to care for herself and her baby. IEHP has programs that offer support for our pregnant Members throughout their pregnancy and after.   Baby-N-Me App     This is a free app for IEHP Members who are pregnant or have a baby under 2 years old. On this app pregnant Members can get up-to-date information about their growing baby like ultrasound videos, get handy tools like a weight gain calculator, complete a survey that screens for postpartum depression, set appointment reminders, and much more!    Parents of a baby under 2 years old can get parenting tips and advice, age-adapted information about their baby’s growth, feeding patterns, and tools to track diaper changes, growth, and vaccines.  You can download this app for free through iTunes or Google Play Loving Support Loving Support is committed to helping mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals. The Helpline offers advice, referrals to mom support groups and support and encouragement to get breastfeeding off to a good start. International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs) also offer guidance, pumping strategies and tips for returning to work/school or are pumping for their premature babies.  Call Loving Support with any questions or concerns you may have throughout the first year and beyond.  You can contact the Loving Support 24/7 Helpline at 888-451-2499/951-358-7212. The staff speaks English and Spanish. Additional Resources The ABC's of Safe Sleep (Video) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Pregnancy Depression During and After Pregnancy

COVID-19 - Resources

19. Below you will find resources and information on how to protect yourself and your loved ones during this time.  How vaccines build immunity While the COVID-19 vaccines are relatively new - the technology and science behind the vaccines have been in development for decades. In the video below, we demonstrate how years of vaccine research and advanced technology allowed researchers and scientists worldwide to be prepared to develop an mRNA vaccine that could help fight the spread of a global infectious disease. COVID-19: Home isolation tips If you or someone in your household has been diagnosed with COVID-19, there are necessary steps you can take to reduce the risk of it spreading to those you live with. COVID-19: What to do when you're sick IEHP Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Hansberger, is here to discuss what you need to do if you find yourself sick from COVID-19. Face Mask Resources Proper use of face coverings (CDC)  How to make a homemade mask How to make your own face mask (whether or not you know how to sew) Refer to the following resources for information on self isolation during COVID-19.  Riverside County COVID-19 Self Isolation Recommendations  For IEHP DualChoice Members A healthcare fraud alert has been issued in relation to COVID-19 complaints. Scammers are giving COVID-19 tests to Medicare Members in trade for personal details. They are reaching out to Medicare Members by sales calls, social media platforms, and door to door visits. The personal details taken may be used to falsely bill Federal health care programs and the COVID-19 test kits may cause harm to Members. If you suspect COVID-19 fraud, call IEHP right away at: Compliance Hotline: (866) 355-9038 Fax: (909) 477-8536 E-mail: compliance@iehp.org Mail: IEHP Compliance Officer P.O. Box 1800 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729-1800 Click here to report a compliance issue online. Refer to the following websites/resources for more information on coronavirus (COVID-19). Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Riverside County Public Health  San Bernardino Public Health   State of California Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Portal California Workplace Rights Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs during COVID-19  Protections for Housing and Utility Shutoff Order ConnectIE Below you will find resources and information on local food pantries in your area.  Riverside County Pantries: A list of food pantries in Riverside County San Bernardino County Pantries: A list of food pantries in San Bernardino County Connect IE: A free website that provides community resources 24/7. It can connect you to housing services, job training's, food pantries and more.  High Desert Food Distribution:The High Desert is hosting a food distribution on the last Thursday of every month.

San Bernardino County Medi-Cal

of Americans. About nine percent of San Bernardino County residents under the age of 65 were uninsured based on the last count of the US Census. That is why Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) provides coverage to millions of Members in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. Discover the health plan that puts its members at the center of their universe. IEHP will not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health. Keep reading to learn more about IEHP and the benefits offered to Medi-Cal recipients. IEHP Provides Coverage for San Bernardino County Medi-Cal Recipients Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. Top-Class Medi-Cal Services Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. IEHP is the health plan for Medi-Cal recipients in San Bernardino County. We are dedicated to providing our Members and local communities with optimal care and vibrant health. With IEHP and Medi-Cal coverage, Members not only have access to general health care but also advanced and specialized care such as: Transgender services Laboratory services Radiology services Pediatric care Mental health services Addiction rehabilitation care These are just a few examples of how IEHP’s network of Providers gives Members and their families in San Bernardino County a wide range of medical care. To apply for Medi-Cal in San Bernardino County call the IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347. You may also call Health Care Options at 1-800-430-4263 or visit www.healthcareoptions.dhcs.ca.gov. TTY users should call 1-800-430-7077. Vision Services IEHP provides vision coverage and has a wide network of vision specialists. IEHP Members get a free vision exam every 24 months, additional or more frequent eye exams are covered if medically necessary, such as those with diabetes. You also get a pair of eyeglasses, with both frames and lenses every 24 months, when you have a valid prescription. Contact lens testing and contact lenses may be covered if the use of eyeglasses is not possible due to eye disease or condition. Medi-Cal San Bernardino Dental Services Through Medi-Cal, you and your family get professional dental services. This benefit is included with your Medi-Cal coverage at little to no cost to you.  Some of the types of dental care offered include: Diagnostic and preventive dental hygiene (such as examinations, X-rays, and teeth cleanings) Emergency services for pain control Tooth extractions Root canal treatments (anterior/posterior) Scaling and root planning Crowns (prefabricated/laboratory) Orthodontics for children who quality Complete and partial dentures Topical fluoride If you have any questions or need help finding a Medi-Cal dental provider, call the Medi-Cal Dental Customer Service Line at 1-800-322-6384, or visit www.smilecalifornia.org. Medical Trip Transportation Your Medi-Cal benefits include round trip transportation for plan-covered health services and Medi-Cal-covered services, such as mental health, substance abuse and dental, within San Bernardino and Riverside counties. IEHP covers: Visits to your Primary Care Doctor, Specialists and urgent care clinics. Visit for dental, mental health, substance abuse and other services. Click here to learn more about transportation services offered by IEHP. San Bernardino County: How to Apply for Medi-Cal IEHP’s mission to heal and inspire the human spirit is made possible through its Vision—to not rest until our communities enjoy optimal care and vibrant health.  This is why we continue to serve all communities throughout San Bernardino County. You have many options to apply for Medi-Cal, these include: Call IEHP Call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of IEHP’s friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors. By Mail You can mail your completed and signed application to:   Covered California P.O. Box 989725 West Sacramento, CA 95798-9725 Or mail it to the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply in Person Click here to find the Riverside County Medi-Cal Office. Apply Online Click here to apply online. Get Health Coverage Now Become a member of the IEHP family and get access to the top-rated California state medical insurance. For more than 25 years, IEHP has proudly served Inland Empire residents and their families. Join IEHP now and make your health our top priority.  

Medicaid Manged Care Explained

to know during this guide. What is Managed Care? Managed care is a healthcare delivery system used to manage quality, utilization, and cost. Managed care refers to a group of activities that helps lower the cost of offering for-profit healthcare services and health insurance while boosting the quality of healthcare services. IEHP is a managed health care plan that organizes care for their member. IEHP works with doctors, hospitals, and other health care Providers to give improved health care coordination and quality of care to the Members they serve. Medicaid Managed Care Medicaid managed care helps to provide Medicaid health benefits and other services through managed care organizations, also known as MCOs, and state Medicaid agencies. Managed care organizations accept a specific payment per member per month for their services. The main goals of Medicaid-managed care are to improve healthcare outcomes, healthcare quality, and health plan performance. How Does Managed Care Work? Managed-care plans tend to ask for less paperwork and offer a lower premium payment. The choice of treatment, drugs, and Doctors are limited. Healthcare providers, hospitals, and Doctors make plans with managed care plans to serve members at a lower rate. When you have a managed care plan, you are need to choose a primary care Doctor or PCP, who is part of the network, the doctor you choose will take care of all your medical needs, including annual exams, preventive care, and treatment for common illnesses. Your PCP will decide whether you need to be referred to a specialist like an oncologist. With a managed care plan, you cannot get coverage for specialist services without getting referred by your PCP. The cost for a managed care plan is typically less than a fee-for-service plan. You will typically pay a copayment every time you visit your doctor, as long as they are part of the plan network. This cost will depend on the type of managed health plan you choose. Choosing a Medicaid Health Plan MCO Medicaid can offer members the chance to select a health plan under Medicaid. Here is what you should look for in a Medicaid health plan: Excellent plan coverage. When you are looking for a Medicaid health plan, you should look for something that covers everything you could possibly need, including hospital stays, pregnancy, and newborn care, hospice and palliative care, emergency services, outpatient or ambulatory services, transgender services, mental health services, rehabilitative services, prescription drugs, lab services, preventative and wellness services, sensitive services, chronic illness management, substance use treatment services, dental services, vision services, pediatric services, telehealth services, non-medical transportation or NMT, non-emergency medical transportation or NEMT, and long-term services and supports or LTSS. Low premiums. Look for a Medicaid health plan that offers low to no premium payments. Some Medicaid plans offer a $0 monthly premium. Accessibility. You should also look for a Medicaid health plan accessible to you and others who need it, including children, adults, seniors, and those with disabilities who live in your area. What does IEHP offer? With IEHP, you also get access to: A network of more than 8,000 Doctors, Specialists and other health care Providers Care coordination 24-Hour Nurse Advice Line Vision services Urgent Care centers Healthy lifestyle classes and programs And so much more! If you need healthcare coverage, or have questions about what IEHP offers, call 1-866-294-4347, 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-720-4347. You’ll speak to one of our friendly bilingual Enrollment Advisors.

Healthcare Scholarship Fund - About the Healthcare Scholarship Fund

p Fund is the health plan’s partnership with local academic institutions to help remove the barrier of debt for medical students and develop a growing workforce for healthcare professionals to care for the Inland Empire’s growing Medi-Cal population. Why is the Healthcare Scholarship Fund needed? According to the California Healthcare Foundation, the Inland Empire has one of the lowest ratios of Primary Care Physicians (PCPs) and specialty physicians per 100,000 people in California. In addition, the Inland Empire lacks adequate Specialty and Behavioral Health practitioner capacity to serve the current growing population. With the average cost of a four-year medical degree standing firm at $276,800, pursuing a career in the medical field is out of reach for more and more each year. The HSF will aid students by helping to remove the financial burden of medical school that often restricts the choices of many aspiring healthcare professionals and allow recipients to immediately pursue careers in healthcare. I am a student and am interested in becoming a Doctor, what should I do? Students interested in the IEHP Healthcare Scholarship Fund are encouraged to contact the academic institutions below for more information on how apply. While each institution may have differing eligibility requirements, all Healthcare Scholarship Fund scholarships require students commit to practicing in the Inland Empire for 5 years after graduation. Participating schools and programs include: Loma Linda University Medical School University of California Riverside California University of Science and Medicine

Gender Health - Gender Health

rse population of the Inland Empire has been estimated at almost 27,000 people. At Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP), we want you to get all the care you need with the respect you deserve. IEHP covers all medically necessary Medi-Cal covered Gender Health services. IEHP has Doctors and Specialist who have experience in gender health services. To find out more information, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. How to Get Started See your IEHP PCP on a regular basis. If you have not seen your Doctor yet or in a long time, set up a visit today. Your Doctor, the key to your overall health care, knows your health history and helps make sure you get the care you need. Your Doctor can refer you to Specialists, if needed. This includes any gender health options that meet your medical needs, so share your treatment goals with your Doctor. You can change your IEHP Doctor at any time. Benefits Talk to your Doctor about these Gender Health Benefits: Behavioral Health Services Hormone Replacement Therapy Surgeries and Procedures IEHP has a dedicated team of Care Managers who are familiar with Gender Health services and are ready to help with: Referrals to see a specialist Getting medical supplies  Getting medicines  Connecting you to community resources IEHP also provides non-clinical resources such as: Care Coordination Community and Legal Resources Demographic updates Family Support Groups  Resources For education and training on gender health care, please access the following resources: Gender Health Brochure for Adults (PDF)  Gender Health Brochure for Children (For Parents and Children under 18) (PDF)  Clinical Guidelines (PDF)  LGBTQ Resources (PDF)  You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Download a free copy. Click Adobe Acrobat Reader.  

How to Get Care - How to Get Care

l care, like: Routine checkups Sick visits, such as colds, flu and fever Chronic illnesses, like asthma and diabetes Order medical tests Your Doctor also handles your preventive care, such as vaccines, shots, health screenings and other tests.  Preventive care is about preventing disease. Regular checkups, even when you are not sick, can help your Doctor spot a health problem early, and treat it before it gets worse. 2. Getting care from a Specialist When you need specialty care, your Doctor will refer you to a Specialist. This is how referrals work:  When the request is received by IEHP, a decision will be made within 5 business days for a regular referral. For an urgent referral, this is done within 72 business hours. For a regular referral, expect a letter from your medical group or IEHP within 2 days after a decision has been made. When the request is approved, call your Specialist to make an appointment. If the request is denied, talk to your Doctor or call IEHP Member Services at (800) 440-4347 or (800) 718-4347 (TTY) to learn more. 3. Getting your medicine You can fill your prescription at any IEHP contracted pharmacy. There are more than 760 pharmacies in our network. From major chains, like Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and many others. To find one close to you, check your IEHP Doctor Directory or click the Provider Search link. Helpful tips to help your treatment: Be sure to call the pharmacy five days before you run out of medicine. Take your medicine the way your Doctor tells you to.   4. Find a Doctor To find more information on Primary Care Physician's (PCPs), Specialists, Pharmacies, etc., click here to visit the Doctor search.  5. Getting help from Member Services If you need help, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. The call is toll free. If you reach IEHP Member Services after hours, you will be able to leave a secure voice message. Calls will be returned the next working day. If you call after midnight and leave a secure voice message, we will return your call the same working day. Resources Barriers to Care: We all have our own cultural, religious or health beliefs. This document includes some common beliefs that may keep you from getting the care you need—along with some facts to help you make informed decisions about your health.

Kids and Teens - Immunizations

s, and other diseases that can make them very sick or even cause death.  How do vaccines work? Vaccines train the body to fight germs that cause disease. When exposed to disease, the body will know how to fight and kill the germs before they cause health problems. This is called immunity against disease. Why so many vaccines? Vaccines are needed in all stages of life. Many are given to infants and young children who need them the most to Grow Well. Vaccines protect against diseases such as: Influenza (Flu) Measles, mumps, rubella Polio Tetanus Varicella (chicken pox) Pertussis (whooping cough) For a complete list of shots, see the Recommended Immunization Schedule for Persons Aged 0-18 (PDF) and Immunization Brochure (PDF). Get Vaccinated at No Cost to You With IEHP, you can get vaccinated at no cost. You can also find schedules for your shots and checkups in your IEHP Member Handbook. Ask your Doctor for an Immunization Record Card or print one by logging into your IEHP Health Account and bring it with you to each checkup.  

Helpful Information and Resources - Texting Program FAQ

to view or change your doctor.  If you have a smartphone, you can download the IEHP Smart Care App in either Google Play or the App Store. You call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Watch this video to learn more. How do I find a Doctor, Urgent Care or Behavioral Health Provider? To find a list of providers in your area please visit https://search.iehp.org/. How do I make or change a doctor’s appointment? Please call your Doctor’s office to make/change an appointment. Your Doctor’s phone number is listed on your IEHP Member Card.  How do I make an appointment with an eye doctor? For vision services, please call your Optometrist (Eye Doctor).  Need to find an eye doctor?  Click here https://search.iehp.org/ How do I print my IEHP Member Card or check my eligibility? You can login to the IEHP Member Portal to order (and print) your IEHP Member Card and check your eligibility.  If you have a smartphone, you can download the IEHP Smart Care App in either Google Play or the App Store. You can also call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Watch this video to learn more. How do I get more information on my Dental coverage? For dental coverage questions, please call Denti-Cal (dental program for Medi-Cal enrollees) at 1-800-322-6384 or visit https://dental.dhcs.ca.gov/ How do I change my address, phone or other contact information? You can login to the IEHP Member Portal to update your address or phone number.  If you have a smartphone, you can download the IEHP Smart Care App in either either Google Play or the App Store. You can also call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. You should also contact your County Medi-Cal office to update your address or phone number.  To report changes in Riverside County, call 1-877-410-8827 and in San Bernardino County, call 1-877-410-8829. Watch this video to learn more. How do I get information on enrollment in IEHP? You can contact our Enrollment Advisors at 1-866-294-4347 (or 1-800-720-4347 for TTY users), Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm.  How can I cancel my benefits with IEHP? Call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. I am no longer an IEHP Member, how can I unsubscribe from the texting program?  Reply STOP at any time or text back STOP to 90902.  I am not a Member of IEHP, how can I cancel future messages? Reply STOP at any time or text back STOP to 90902.  I am receiving text messages in Spanish and I only speak English. Can I change my language? To receive future messages in English, reply back “English” to any of our messages.  I am receiving text messages in English and I only speak Spanish. Can I change my language? To receive messages in Spanish, reply back “Spanish” to any of our messages. Does IEHP offer transportation? For information about your transportation benefit, please refer to your Member handbook.  Medi-Cal Member Handbook IEHP DualChoice Member Handbook How do I obtain status on my prescription?  For information on your prescription, please call your pharmacy. If you have a question about your medicine, please talk to your Doctor.  How do I find a nearby pharmacy? For DualChoice Members click here.  For Medi-Cal Members click here.

Weight Management - Weight Management

ur health goals. Eat Healthy, Be Active Class A class for Members who want to learn how to eat healthy and be active. Members will learn about reading food labels, meal planning, and making healthier choices. Format: Group Duration: 4 weeks (2 hours per week) Ages: Any age (anyone under 18 years old must be accompanied by parent or guardian)  Call IEHP Health Education Department at 1-866-224-IEHP (4347) or 1-800-718-4347 for TTY users to sign up.  Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) - Live the Life You Love Format: Online (small group) Duration: One year Ages: 18 years and over This online year-long lifestyle change program helps you make real changes that last.  During the first 6 months, you will meet weekly with a small online group to learn how to make healthy choices into your life. In the second 6 months, you will meet monthly to practice what you have learned. No person is alike, so the program will be tailored to meet your needs and honor your customs and values. You will also be paired with a health coach for one year to help you set your goals, such as how to: Eat healthier Add physical activity into your daily life Reduce stress Improve problem-solving and coping skills Studies have shown that those who finish the program can lose weight and prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Small changes can have big results! Let's start living the best version of you and living the life you love.  Find out if you qualify! Click here to visit the Skinny Gene Project online, or Text “DPP” to 313131, or Call Skinny Gene Project at (909) 922- 0022, Monday - Friday 8am – 5pm., or Email hello@skinnygeneproject.org Click on the video below to learn more about this program. 

Medi-Cal Rights and Responsibilities

ghts: To be treated with respect, giving due consideration to your right to privacy and the need to maintain confidentiality of your medical records. To be given information about the plan and its services, including Covered Services, Practitioners, Providers, and Member rights and responsibilities. To be able to choose a PCP within IEHP’s network. To take part in decisions about your health care, including the right to refuse treatment. To voice grievances, verbally or in writing, about the organization or the care given. To provide feedback about the organization’s Member rights and responsibilities policies. To get care coordination. To request an appeal of decisions to deny, defer or limit services or benefits. To get oral interpretation services for their language. To get free legal help at your local legal aid office or other groups. To create advance directives. To have access to family planning services, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Service Facilities, sexually transmitted disease services and Emergency Services outside IEHP’s network pursuant to federal law. To request a State Hearing, including instructions on how an expedited hearing is possible. To have access to, and where legal and appropriate, get copies of, amend or correct your Medical Record. To disenroll upon request. Members who can request expedited disenrollment include, but are not limited to, those getting services under the Foster Care or Adoption Assistance Programs and those with special health care needs. To access Minor Consent Services. To get written Member-informing materials in other formats (such as braille, large-size print and audio) upon request and in a timely fashion appropriate for the format being requested and in accordance with Welfare & Institutions Code Section 14182 (b)(12). To be free from any form of restraint or seclusion used as a means of coercion, discipline, convenience or retaliation. To learn about and discuss available treatment options and alternatives with regard to cost or benefit coverage, presented in a manner appropriate to your condition and ability to understand. To get a copy of your medical records, and request amendments or corrections, as specified in 45 Code of Federal Regulations §164.524 and 164.526. To freely exercise these rights without adversely affecting how you are treated by IEHP, Providers or the State. To have access to family planning services, Freestanding Birth Centers, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Indian Health Service Facilities, midwifery services, Rural Health Centers, sexually transmitted disease services and Emergency Services outside IEHP’s network pursuant to the federal law. If you have been getting care from a health care provider, you may have a right to keep him or her for a certain time period. Please contact IEHP Member Services, and if you have more questions, please contact the Department of Managed Health Care, which protects HMO consumers, by telephone at its toll-free number, 1-888-466-2219 (TTY) 1-877-688-9891, or online at https://www.dmhc.ca.gov/. As a Member of IEHP, you are responsible to: Be familiar with and ask questions about your health plan options, your health plan coverage limitations and exclusions, rules about the use of network providers, coverage and exclusions, rules, appropriate process to obtain information and process to appeal coverage decisions. If you have a question about your coverage, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Follow the advice and care procedures requested by your Doctor and IEHP. If you have a question about these procedures, call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347. Request interpreter services at least 5 working days before a scheduled appointment. Call your Doctor or pharmacy at least 3 days before you run out of medicine. Cooperate with your Doctor and staff and treat them and other patients with respect. This includes being on time for your visits or calling your Doctor if you need to cancel or set up a new appointment. Understand that your Doctor’s office may have limited seating for patients and caregivers only. Give accurate data to IEHP, your Doctor, and any other provider. This helps you get better care. Understand your health care needs and be part of your health care decisions. Ask your Doctor questions if you do not understand. Work with your Doctor to make plans for your health care. Follow the plans and instructions for care that you have agreed on with your Doctor. Notify IEHP and your Doctor if you want to stop the plans and instructions you have agreed on or no longer want to participate in health management programs. Immunize your children by age 2 years and always keep your children’s vaccines up to date. Call your Doctor when you need routine or urgent health care. Care for your own health. Live an active life, exercise, have a good diet, and don’t smoke. Avoid knowingly spreading disease to others. Use IEHP’s grievance process to file a complaint. Call IEHP Member Services at 1-800-440-IEHP (4347), Monday–Friday, 7am–7pm, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am–5pm. TTY users should call 1-800-718-4347 to file a complaint (grievance or appeal). Report any fraud, waste or abuse to IEHP by calling the Compliance Hotline at (866) 355-9038 or the proper authorities. Understand that there are risks in getting health care and limits to what can be done for you medically. Understand that it is a health care provider’s duty to be efficient and fair in caring for you as well as other patients.

Coronavirus

ur top priority. We’ll continue to update this web page with the latest information and instruction regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19). Announcements 5/02/22: The FDA extended the expiration dates for a number of antigen over-the-counter COVID-19 test kits. Watch this video to learn more. 2/15/21: Effective February 16, 2022, the state of California will no longer require vaccinated people to wear masks indoors in public places. Unvaccinated people are still required to wear masks indoors. Masking indoors will only be “strongly recommended” by the State for those who are vaccinated. Click here to learn more. 2/4/21: On January 31, 2022, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the second COVID-19 vaccine - Moderna’s Spikevax vaccine (widely known as the Moderna vaccine). The Spikevax vaccine, is now approved for use in people ages 18 and older. Click here to learn more. 1/19/21: Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order one free COVID-19 test kit, which includes four at-home tests. The tests are completely free. Click here to order your free at-home tests. 1/07/21: The recent rise of the Omicron variant further stresses the importance of COVID vaccines, boosters, and preventive efforts (use of masks) are needed to protect against COVID-19. Schedule your vaccine today: www.myturn.ca.gov 1/06/21: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expands booster shot eligibility for 12–17-year-olds. Click here to learn more.  10/29/21: The Food and Drug Administration authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in children 5 through 11 years of age. Click the link to make an appointment. https://myturn.ca.gov/ 9/23/21: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorizes a booster shot of Pfizer BioNTech COVID vaccine for the following populations: people 65 years of age or older, people 18-64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19, and people 18-64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 8/17/21: The FDA amended the emergency use of Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to allow an additional dose to be given to people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems after the initial 2-dose series. Click here to learn more. 8/17/21: The CDC recommends the COVID-19 vaccine for people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant or may become pregnant in the future. Unvaccinated women who are pregnant or were recently pregnant are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women. Click here to learn more.   8/06/21: Nearly all COVID deaths in the US are now among the unvaccinated. Protect yourself from the new surge in our region. Get vaccinated. Click here to make an appointment. 5/20/21: On June 15th, fully vaccinated Californians can go mask-free in most indoor settings. Click here for more information. 5/20/21: San Bernardino County urges residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Walk-ups are now allowed at all County-operated sites and many  private-run sites.  Getting protected could not be easier. Click here for more information. 5/13/21: The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is now available for children ages 12-15. Click here to make an appointment. 4/26/21: Riverside County reinstates the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. Click here to learn more. 4/16/21: Riverside and San Bernardino County temporarily pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in accordance with recommendations made by state and federal health agencies. Click here to learn more.  4/7/21: San Bernardino County residents ages 16+ are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to make an appointment. 4/6/21: Riverside County residents ages 16+ are now eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to make an appointment. 4/1/21: Omnitrans is offering San Bernardino county residents two FREE shuttle services to those with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Ontario and San Bernardino. Click here for more information. 3/29/21: Starting April 1st, Riverside and San Bernardino County residents 50+ can get the COVID-19 vaccine and on April 15th all residents 16+ can get the vaccine. To make appointment, click on your county below. Riverside county San Bernardino county 3/29/21: San Bernardino County residents who accompany an eligible family member to an appointment are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, even if they don’t fall into an eligible category. Residents must have an appointment at the same location and at approximately the same time as their eligible family member. Click here to make an appointment. 3/19/21: San Bernardino County residents that are high risk or disabled do not need to show proof of eligibility to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Residents will only be asked to self-attest to their eligibility. Click here to learn more. 3/12/21: Starting next week, San Bernardino County residents ages 16-64 with underlying medical conditions and/or a disability will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to learn more.  3/10/21: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new guidance that allows people who are fully vaccinated to gather with each other without wearing masks. Click here to learn more. 3/03/21: San Bernardino County opens COVID vaccine appointments for food and agriculture workers. Click here to learn more. 2/26/21: To support COVID-19 vaccination efforts, IEHP partnered with San Bernardino County to open a new vaccine site at our headquarters in Rancho Cucamonga. Appointments are required and can be made at SBCovid19.com/vaccine. 2/17/21: San Bernardino County announces additional vaccine sites for seniors 65+ interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for more information. 2/10/21: San Bernardino County residents 65+ are urged to sign up to be notified when new COVID-19 vaccine appointments become available. Click here to sign up.  2/1/21: Riverside County residents who received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at a county clinic will be contacted by the county health officials to schedule their second dose. Click here to learn more.  1/29/21: Riverside County has appointments available for residents 85+ who are interested in getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here to view available appointments. 1/25/21: California has lifted the regional stay-at-home orders issued in December, moving San Bernardino and Riverside County back into the purple tier. Residents are urged to continue safe practices, avoiding crowds, and wearing a mask when leaving home. In addition, increased testing will help the counties move into the next level of the state’s reopening plan.    1/22/21: Riverside County will open appointments Saturday, January 23rd for the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine clinics. Click here to register. 1/15/21: San Bernardino County residents ages 65 and over are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Click here for vaccine locations and registration. 1/14/21: Riverside county residents 65 and over can now get vaccinated for COVID-19 at various locations throughout the county. Click here for more information. Click here to view additional announcements Local Resources San Bernardino County 2-1-1 San Bernardino County Wic Riverside County Wic

Awards and Recognitions

ence and access to care for the low-income working residents of the Inland Empire. These recognitions honor our steadfast commitment to improving access to quality, wellness-based healthcare services when and where members need it. NCQA Accreditation IEHP was the first Medicaid-only health plan in California to earn accreditation from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its Medi-Cal health plan, in 2000. We have retained NCQA accreditation every year since. Innovation Awards from DHCS In November 2021, IEHP received the “Innovation Award - Runner Up 2021” for the Medi-Cal PCP Auto Assignment Redesign, which focused on directing Members to Providers with higher quality scores. In November 2020, IEHP was awarded the prestigious California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS) Innovation Award. The award was based on IEHP’s groundbreaking work using location intelligence to reach high-risk members and providers in geographic areas affected by power outages, wildfires, and other natural disasters. This is the fourth time the health plan has received this honor. In 2018, IEHP received the Innovation Award from Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), for its Housing Initiative, which provides permanent supportive housing and intensive case management services to homeless, high utilizing Members. In October 2017 IEHP won a California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) Innovation Award for improving the health of low-income members through a program that coordinates their complex physical and behavioral health care needs across the healthcare system in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. In 2015 IEHP won the first annual Innovation Award from DHCS for its Transitional Care Program, which strives to reduce emergency room usage and curtails the re-admission rates of members recently discharged from the hospital IEHP Receives the CORE Certification Seal  In April 2022, IEHP received the CORE Certification Seal for the Eligibility & Benefits, Claim Status, and Payment & Remittance CAQH CORE Operating Rule Sets. As a CAQH CORE-certified entity, IEHP has demonstrated that they follow a set of national operating rules and standards which improve business processes in healthcare — going above and beyond what is federally required.  The CORE Seal is widely recognized as the industry gold standard. IEHP Receives Rancho Cucamonga Fire District’s Business Partner of the Year Award In September 2021, IEHP was awarded Business Partner of the Year by the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District at the City’s Fire and Police Recognition. The distinguished award recognizes the health plan’s partnership with the City and County of San Bernardino to host an ongoing super vaccine clinic at the health plan’s headquarters. IEHP Receives Health Equity Award for Engaging Communication In 2020, IEHP received the Health Equity Award for their ability to engage and connect with members via text message during Governor Newsom’s social isolation order. The award was given by mPulse Mobile, a leader in conversational AI solutions for healthcare, during their annual Activate Awards. Click here to learn more. IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan Earns Top Customer Satisfaction Score in the Nation The IEHP DualChoice Cal MediConnect Plan had the third-highest score in the country in the 2016 MMP CAHPS survey from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which assesses the experiences patients have with their health plans. In 2016 there were 40 Medicare-Medicaid Plans (MMP) in the nation (called Cal MediConnect plans in California). Annual Excellence Award In 2016, IEHP received the Excellence Award from the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute (PBMI) for its Pharmacy Pay for Performance Program, which leverages IEHP network pharmacies to offer clinical education to its members. Top Physician Satisfaction  Doctors and other medical providers ranked IEHP at or above the 90th percentile in most areas on a 2016 satisfaction survey administered by an independent survey vendor. They ranked IEHP at the:  99th percentile for “IEHP Compared to All Other Health Plans” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Call Center Staff” 98th percentile for “Overall Satisfaction with Financial Services”   97th percentile for “Recommend IEHP to Other Physicians’ Practices” IEHP Receives Workplace of the Year Award from Advisory Board in March 2018 Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) has been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award. The annual award recognizes hospitals and health systems nationwide that have outstanding levels of employee engagement. IEHP is one of only 20 organizations nationwide to receive the award. Favorite Employer IEHP was voted “Favorite Overall Company to Work For,” “Favorite Training Program” and “Favorite Workplace Culture” by Los Angeles News Group Readers in the 2014 Winning Workplaces survey. “Access to Caring” Award IEHP was recognized for making a difference in advancing health care access and availability to people with disabilities by the Western University of Health Sciences, in 2014. Energy Star Award for Superior Energy Performance IEHP’s corporate headquarters (“The Atrium”) in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification for superior energy performance in 2017, demonstrating IEHP’s commitment to continued energy savings and environmental responsibility. “Gold Standard” Certification for Electronic Payments and Claims Processing In 2016 IEHP achieved Phase III certification for accurate and efficient electronic provider payments and claims reconciliation from the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare (CAQH) and the Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE). The voluntary certification is widely viewed as the industry “gold standard” for provider payments and claims processing.

Resources for the Uninsured

y for healthcare coverage through Medi-Cal, Covered California, or for county-based programs. Apply for health coverage through Medi-Cal and choose IEHP, your Inland Empire Health Plan. Get quality medical, behavioral health and wellness services and no cost.  What is Medi-Cal? Medi-Cal is a no-cost or low-cost health coverage program. It provides health, dental and vision coverage to qualified low-income California residents. How do I apply for Medi-Cal: Apply for no-cost health coverage right over the phone. Call the IEHP Enrollment Advisors at (866) 294-4347, Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm. TTY users should call (800) 720-4347.  You may also call Health Care Options at 1-800-430-4263 or visit or visit www.healthcareoptions.dhcs.ca.gov. TTY users should call 1-800-430-7077. Click here to learn more. What is Covered California? Covered California is a free service that connects Californians with brand-name health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. It’s the only place where you can get financial help when you buy health insurance from well-known companies.  Click here to learn more.https://www.coveredca.com/ County Health Clinics If you are uninsured and do not qualify for IEHP you can find free/low cost health clinics and prescription drug assistance programs in Riverside and San Bernardino counties with our Healthcare Connections PDFs:  San Bernardino (PDF) Riverside (PDF) How can I find resources in my community? IEHP Community Resource Centers The IEHP Community Resource Centers (CRC) are your local resource for healthcare information in Riverside, San Bernardino and Victorville. Our bilingual staff can help you to take free classes, learn about health care & learn about health coverage. Click here to learn more. Connect IE Connect IE is a new one-stop, interactive website that makes it easy to link people to community resources in the Inland Empire. By clicking on the link below you will be leaving the IEHP site. Visit ConnectIE to find out more! Resources for the undocumented Public Charge Information The ABC's of Public Charge You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later to view the PDF files. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader.