COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Information for Aspire members on the
COVID-19 Vaccine in Monterey County
To our valued Aspire Members,
As many of you know, our State officials are leading the distribution of the vaccine through the mandated phased and tiered system. The countywide vaccination began December 18, 2020. The County released a new chart showing who is in the first phase and its various tiers. A timeline isn’t included as it is dependent on implementation planning by the county as well as vaccine supply.
For the most up-to-date Monterey County schedule and information, click here.
Where can I receive the COVID-19 vaccine?
COVID Vaccine Resources:
Aspire encourages members to continuously refer to the Monterey County site for upcoming clinics. We will add pop-up clinics below, when we hear about them.
- Monterey County Information & Registration: CLICK HERE
- Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula Vaccine Clinic: CLICK HERE
- VA clinic in Marina – Veterans who qualify can make appointments at (650) 496-2535
- Salinas Safeway : CLICK HERE
The vaccine supply is currently very limited. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine will be easier once large quantities are available. We encourage you to keep checking these resources or call Member Services.
Is Medicare going to cover the COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes – Medicare covers the COVID-19 at no cost to you. All Members of Aspire Health Plan Medicare Advantage plans will receive the vaccine free of charge once it is available. For more information on Medicare and the COVID-19 vaccine, visit Medicare.gov.
Note, it’s important to be alert for scammers. According to CMS, “if anyone asks you to share your Medicare Number or pay for access to the vaccine, you can bet it’s a scam.” You cannot pay for early access, put your name on a waiting list or receive access for a fee, so please don’t share your personal or financial information if someone calls, texts, or emails.
At Aspire Health Plan, we will continue to keep our members and seniors in the Monterey County community updated on the COVID-19 vaccine and any other important updates related to the public health crisis. Any questions? Contact Member Services at (855) 570-1600. (TTY users call 711.)
Access-to-care initiatives: COVID-19 – June 2020
The personal health of our members is a top priority. During these uncertain times, we are offering additional benefits to enhance access to care. Below is a recap of the COVID-19 benefits and services Aspire Health Plan is providing to our members.
Zero-cost diagnostic testing: Aspire Health Plan is encouraging its members to immediately call their healthcare provider if they are experiencing symptoms or think they may have been exposed to COVID-19. Aspire will waive the co-pay for COVID-19 diagnostic testing.
Peace-of-mind, zero-cost detection testing: Aspire will cover, at a zero co-pay, COVID-19 testing — both testing for the virus and antibodies. As there is still quite a bit of uncertainty about what both positive and negative tests mean, we strongly urge you to discuss all test results with your doctor and to continue to be very diligent about all measures that reduce infectious risk to you and others.
Increased access to prescription medications: Aspire Health Plan is also waiving early refill limits on 30-day prescriptions for maintenance medications throughout the duration of the COVID-19 national emergency.
Making it convenient with telehealth: To ensure members have access to the care they need without increasing their risk of exposure, Aspire reminds members to take advantage of their telehealth benefit. Telehealth visits are a zero co-pay.
Engaging members through Community Connections: Aspire continues to offer Community Connection classes to keep members busy. Virtual classes are available to mitigate social isolation.
Easing worries about access to food: If a member is unable to access food during this time, Aspire will coordinate additional meal and grocery options.
Keeping safe with free masks: Aspire has free, handmade masks for members. They were made with love from a few, special Aspire members.
Member check-ins: Aspire and the provider community partnered to call every member during the pandemic. For those members who want us to continue checking in, we are happy to do that. At Aspire, our members are our family. We want to keep you healthy and safe. Please call us if you have any questions or concerns at (831) 574-4938 or (855) 570-1600 (TTY: 711).
To prevent the spread of this illness or other illnesses, including the flu:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
- Stay home when you’re sick
- Call your doctor if you think you’re ill
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE
- The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website for information on COVID-19
- Community Hospital of Monterey Peninsula COVID-19 updates
- Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System COVID-19 updates: English | Spanish
- Monterey County Health Department (MCHD)
- United Way of Monterey County – Senior resources