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Outreach ramps up in preparation for health care changes

Posted: Friday, Sep 6th, 2013

Salud Para La Gente is in downtown Watsonville. (Photo by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — “People are excited about it and want more clarification,” said Nick Sandoval, health educator at Salud Para La Gente and one of a cohort of workers who are educating the public in the tri-county area about Covered California, the state’s new health benefit exchange that launches next month.

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), starting Oct. 1, legal residents without health insurance and who earn too much money to qualify for the state’s Medicaid expansion (known as Medi-Cal in the state) will be able to enroll in private health care plans through Covered California, with coverage to begin on Jan. 1.

In 2010, California was the first in the country to enact legislation under the ACA, and local outreach efforts are part of a larger statewide push to get the word out, encompassing hundreds of partner organizations and thousands of Certified Enrollment Counselors and Certified Insurance Agents.

For the complete article see the 09-07-2013 issue.

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