Free Community Health Fair to Boost Insurance Coverage in Seaside

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March 12, 2014

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March 26 Seaside Community Health Fair Puts the Community First: Free Health Services and Free Private Counseling for Enrollment into Covered California, Medi-Cal and CalFresh

Seaside, CA – As of mid-February, 828,638 Californians successfully enrolled into health plans through Covered California. Service Employees International Union, Local 521 and its partners plan to boost that number at the March 26 Community Health Fair.

While California continues to lead the nation in signing people up for low-cost or no-cost health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, there are still many uninsured yet to enroll. Efforts to enroll eligible individuals statewide and in the Latino population continue.

In order to continue to reach California’s most vulnerable populations, SEIU Local 521 has partnered with a number of local, community-based organizations in Seaside to host the fair.

WHAT: FREE Seaside Community Health Fair
WHEN: Wednesday, March 26, from 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Press conference at 12:00pm
WHO: Public remarks from Monterey County Supervisor Jane Parker and CEO Dori Rose Inda; NAACP President Mary Clay Pool; and SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer Luisa Blue.
WHERE: Cabrillo Resource Center, 1295 La Salle Ave., Seaside

Download event flier in English or Spanish

Free health services (including health, cholesterol, diabetes and dental screenings) will be available. Attendees will receive education about high quality, low cost plans available through Covered California, and private counseling for enrollment into Covered California, Medi-Cal, CalFresh and WIC.

SEIU Local 521 is a proud participant of Covered California’s Outreach and Education Grant Program. Certified Educators from Local 521 have already reached nearly 125,000 people who are likely eligible for financial assistance through Covered California.

“We worked hard to win health care reform and to bring the promise of affordable, quality care to all,” said Luisa Blue, Chief Elected Officer of SEIU Local 521. “We are proud to put our community first and ensure all families in Seaside have equal opportunity to thrive.”

To date, the following organizations have confirmed participation in the fair: Salud Para La Gente, Monterey County Health Department, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, American Cancer Society, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and The Food Bank for Monterey County.

More information about the event can be found at http://getcoverednowca.com/.

About SEIU Local 521
SEIU Local 521 represents 57,000 members in the Central Valley South Bay, and Central Coast Area who work in the public and non-profit sector. Our communities thrive when residents, leaders and workers recognize that we are all in this together when it comes to our safety, health, and well-being. This is our Community First vision – where everyone is invested in the success of our communities. For more information about SEIU Local 521, visit www.seiu521.org.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With health insurance coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can also purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

About the Outreach and Education Grant Program
In May 2013, Covered California awarded 48 organizations, including SEIU Local 521, Outreach and Education grants to be used to conduct outreach and education programs on how Californians can access affordable health care coverage under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California will focus its outreach on 5.3 million Californians in need of individual insurance, about half of whom may be eligible for financial assistance with their premiums. The goal of the grant program is to increase awareness about the new benefits, to educate targeted audiences about the subsidy programs available to them and to motivate consumers and small businesses to be part of obtaining health insurance.

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