[Jan. 8, 2014] After successfully connecting almost 5,000 Californians to health coverage last year, healthcare workers announced a 90-day statewide blitz to enroll thousands more before the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 sign-up deadline for 2014.
Members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) are planning nearly 60 healthcare enrollment events from Redding to Riverside that are free and open to the public.
“Every day we see people from across the state come into hospitals and emergency rooms without health coverage and we know the anxiety it causes for them and their families,” said Dave Regan, SEIU-UHW president. “By gaining access to medical care for the first time in months or years, these families and individuals will improve their peace of mind and help make California a healthier state.”
Union members began their efforts in 2012, when they enrolled more than 1,000 Los Angeles residents in Medi-Cal. Since then, as part of the Affordable Care Act, they have enrolled an additional 5,000 people either in Medi-Cal or Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace.
The enrollment events have included joint efforts with state legislators and various community organizations, and featured sustained efforts in areas such as South Los Angeles and the Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Uninsured individuals have until March 31 to enroll in a health coverage plan.