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Saturday Services Section is Accepting Volunteers

Volunteer with us!

The Saturday Services Section is currently accepting applications to volunteer with us for a minimum commitment of 2-years. The deadline for submitting applications is September 17th, 2014. Click *here* to download the application & instructions. We are seeking a diverse group of volunteers who represent the community we serve (Women and Trans* inclusive). Although we appreciate the interest of all potential applicants, we are currently not accepting cis-gendered male volunteers.

Contact us with questions at saturdayservicestc@gmail.com

New TB Test Hours: Mon/Weds/Thurs/Fri nights, Saturday afternoon, and 1st Tuesday night of each month

We apologize for this restriction in services. No other services are affected. Thank you very much for your patience and understanding. Here are some alternatives for a low-cost TB test ($35 or less):

 

Healthy Oakland (510) 444-9155

- Sliding scale M-F 9-5:30 with limited drop-in Mon and Tues nights 6-9pm

- http://healthycommunities.us/HealthyOakland.html

 

Concentra Urgent Care (510) 465-9565

- Flat fee M-F 8-5

- http://www.concentra.com/patients/urgent-care/

 

Berkeley Health Center (510) 843-6194

- Flat fee Wed, Thu, Fri 8-5

- http://bacfqhc.snappages.com/the-berkeley-clinic.htm

 

Berkeley Public Health Clinic (510) 981-5350

- Sliding scale Tuesdays 9-11 am and 1-4 pm

- http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/Health_Human_Services/Public_Health/Tubercu...

 

Affordable Care Act (Covered CA) Enrollment Help

We now have Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) that offer in-person application assistance to help you enroll in affordable health care through Covered California or Medi-Cal. We do not offer assistance over the phone, and unfortunately are not available to answer questions about an already existing application (please call Covered California directly at 800-300-1506). There is currently a wait list for assistance, but to get started, please call (510) 548-2570 or (800) 6-CLINIC between the hours of M-F 3-9pm, Sat 11 am-5pm, Sun 4-8pm. 

Berkeley Free Clinic Statement of Opposition to Albany Bulb Eviction

Berkeley Free Clinic Statement of Opposition

The Berkeley Free Clinic opposes the continuing eviction of City of Albany residents from the Albany Bulb and the forced displacement of these citizens to Berkeley and surrounding communities. The Albany City Council has not provided these Albany residents with adequate housing and social programs. The Council's only action prior to the eviction has been to pay the Berkeley Food and Housing Project $60,000 to absorb these 60 to 70 residents, in lieu of providing adequate services in Albany. Berkeley and surrounding cities do not have available housing and social services to accommodate this many new homeless people in such a short time. Forcing residents out of their stable community in the Albany Bulb is traumatic and will strain the already highly-impacted social services in Alameda County. It is the opinion of the Berkeley Free Clinic that the Albany Bulb Eviction is equivalent to eviction from low-income housing.

Background of the Albany Bulb Community and Eviction

Health Reform Web Resources

General Background

Healthcare.gov is a site run by the federal government that provides general information about insurance options under health reform. The Kaiser Family Foundation also has two cartoon video explainers: The YouToons Get Ready For Obamacare and Health Reform Hits Main Street.

California

Covered California, also known as the California exchange, is where California residents who are uninsured or purchasing insurance on their own can go to get subsidized health coverage and learn their Medicaid eligibility. Starting in October 2013, you will be able to enroll in subsidized exchange coverage (which will go into effect on January 1, 2014).

Other Resources

You can use this subsidy calculator (embeded below) to get an estimate of your Medicaid eligibility and/or how much insurance will cost starting in 2014.

Saturday Services Health and Wellness

The Berkeley Free Clinic in collaboration with the SHE Project offers a weekly health and wellness discussion. The SHE Project serves as a safe space that empowers female identified folks to learn about their reproductive and sexual health and the local resources available to them.

All women, womyn, trans and queer folks welcome! Join us in the Pillow Room at the Berkeley Free Clinic on Saturdays from 1:30pm-3pm. Free hygiene items, high-end cosmetics, and nutritious food items are provided for participants to encourage a practice of self-care. Please direct questions to sheproject.wddc@gmail.com.

Berkeley Free Clinic Opposes Measure S

The Berkeley Free Clinic has always advocated for the disenfranchised in our community. To this end, we urge our volunteers and supporters to vote No on Measure S.

Saturday Women & Trans-inclusive Services: Expanded Hours and Peer Counseling Services!!

We are happy to announce new extended hours and services for our Saturday Women & Trans-inclusive Services! We are now open from 11am to 2pm. Our Saturday Women's Services will also include Peer Counseling

 

Hepatitis Vaccine Access Program

Due to changes in the state budget, the Berkeley Free Clinic is now acquiring our vaccines from vaccine access programs run by GSK and Merck.  Please see our Hepatitis Services page for more information about what this means for you!

BFC in the East Bay Express

The East Bay Express just did a story about the Berkeley Free Clinic and the challenges we face given the latest round of state budget cuts.  You can read the article here and you can find information about how to help support the BFC at our Donation page.

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