“Last chance” health fairs

KMC Public Health Workers

Public Health workers getting ready to outreach and educate the community at health fair at Kern Medical Center.

With the deadline of March 31, SEIU Local 521 and its partners hosted two “last chance” free community health fairs March 29 in Bakersfield and San Jose to boost the numbers of insured Californians with Covered California.

See photos of health fair at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield.

See photos of health fair in San Jose.

Combined, the two fairs drew more than 1,200 people with an estimated 500 successfully enrolled through Covered California for private insurance or Medi-Cal.

“SEIU members are playing a critical role to ensure the successful implementation of health care reform. We are here today in the final push to make sure that as many people as possible have a chance to sign up for affordable, quality health care through Covered CA. We are very glad you are here and we hope that you leave with the health coverage and security that your families need.   SEIU members will continue advocating for policies and reforms that benefit the entire community. We put Community First, because we know we are stronger when we work together.”
– Luisa Blue, SEIU Local 521 Chief Elected Officer.

Media Coverage:

KGET TV – Health Fair at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, March 29, 2014 (Video, MP4)

KPIX 5 News at 11 p.m., March 29, 2014 (Video, MP4)

ABC7 News 5:00 p.m., March 29, 2014 (Video, MP4)

NBC Bay Area News at 5, March 29, 2014 (Video, MP4)

San Jose Mercury News – “Obamacare: Californians flock to community centers, libraries to sign up for health care,” March 29, 2014

“99,935, 30,253 and 20,569. That’s how many robo-calls the Service Employees International Union Local 521, whose members work for county and city governments in the Bay Area of California, made in Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese, respectively. The local also made 77,057 phone bank calls to urge area residents to sign up under the law.” Source: The Washington Post, March 31, 2014

NBC Bay Area – “Covered California Confirms Monday Enrollment Deadline, Help Available,” March 31, 2014

ABC 7 – “Deadline for Covered California applications nears,” March 30, 2014

The Celebrity Cafe – “California residents hurry to get health insurance,” March 30, 2014

NBC Bay Area – “Free ‘Last Chance’ Community Health Fair,” March 25, 2014

The San Jose fair featured  City Councilperson Kansen Chu; Santa Clara County Supervisors Cindy Chavez and Dave Cortese; and Covered California Deputy Director of Communications Dana Howard.

Kern County elected officials who came to show support at the Bakersfield event included: Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez; Bakersfield City Councilman Willie Rivera; and Bakersfield City School District Trustee Andrae Gonzalez.

“This is changing people’s lives. So many of these people have never had insurance.”
– Regina Kane, R.N. at Kern Medical Center and SEIU 521 Chapter President.

In the prior two weeks, SEIU Local 521 hosted two additional “last chance” free community health fairs in Fresno and Seaside.

SEIU Local 521 was awarded a $1 million dollar grant to conduct outreach and to educate over 150,000 California residents about Covered California, the online health exchange where consumers can shop for affordable, quality health coverage.

Open enrollment has ended
Enrollment for the 2015 coverage year will open in fall
You may still qualify for Medi-Cal or have a qualifying life event such as the loss of a job, death of a spouse or birth of a child, that makes you eligible for coverage through a special enrollment period. Small businesses can sign up for health insurance plans year-round.

If you started an application by March 31. What next?
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