Residents get help with health insurance, in 14 languages

About 100 Contra Costa County residents turned out at a free health insurance enrollment fair in Richmond in January. The organization Healthy Richmond and other partners wanted to combat two major factors behind low enrollment rates in Covered California and Medi-Cal: language and cultural fears. Volunteers helped to translate 14 different languages including Nepalese, Cantonese, Spanish, Hindi and Vietnamese. “There’s a […]

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Healthcare options improve for undocumented Californians

Undocumented residents in Los Angeles, many of whom were unaware that they were eligible for health care through county-subsidized programs, can now get free care from clinics participating in My Health L.A., a program that serves low-income people who don’t qualify for other public insurance programs. The policy varies among counties, but advocates are fighting hard to get healthcare for […]

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DACA youth turned away by Medi-Cal

Maria Fernandez applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — a two-year reprieve from deportation — hoping to qualify for subsidized health insurance guaranteed under a state law. But she was turned away by a Medi-Cal clerk, who told her that undocumented people, even with DACA, aren’t eligible. State officials acknowledged that the Department of Health Care Services had failed to […]

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Community groups press for Health For All

A vociferous coalition of advocates for undocumented residents rallied at a Kern County Board of Supervisors meeting to support senate bills that will provide health insurance to undocumented California residents.The Health For All bill (SB 4) is approaching finalization after being passed by the State Senate and Senate Appropriations Committee. “Because of a broken immigration system and a lack of leadership at the federal […]

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Fresno celebrates a victory with passage of ‘Health for all’ bill

An event celebrating the passing of an important state bill, Health For All, attracted a big crowd in Fresno last month. The legislation allocates $40 million for health coverage for California’s undocumented children. Attendees took advantage of the gathering to discuss the next undertaking. “It’s a historic achievement. And, second, there’s work to be done to make sure that all […]

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Connecting the uninsured

Contra Costa County residents who are uninsured attended a health care fair last month in Richmond to figure out what to do to get covered. Some had tried to enroll in Obamacare, only to find out that they don’t qualify or need to take further action. The fair presented an opportunity to clear up these confusions and connect people to the right […]

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