Covered California has teamed with the Diamond Bar and La Puente libraries for a series of enrollment events to help local consumers obtain quality and affordable health insurance.
“There’s no better place than libraries to help consumers protect themselves and their families by enrolling in Covered California health insurance plans,” Executive Director Peter V. Lee said.
Covered California’s Certified Insurance Agents and Certified Enrollment Counselors will be at the Diamond Bar and La Puente libraries to provide free assistance to enroll in quality and affordable health plans. On top of the free assistance, many consumers may qualify for financial assistance to help them pay for insurance coverage through Covered California, or determine that they are eligible for no-cost or low-cost Medi-Cal.
Many consumers have been uninsured for years and are relieved and excited at the opportunity to finally get affordable health coverage.
Theus White, 28, of North Hollywood is an independent contractor for an insurance agency and has been uninsured for about six months. “Not having insurance has been a bit challenging. I do have to do home remedies to make sure I’m not catching any colds or something like that. In the event you are ill, you have to go to a hospital and get a huge bill!”
Guided by Covered California, more than 26,000 Enrollment Counselors, insurance agents and eligibility workers in counties across the state are available to help consumers enroll.
“We know for the thousands who have successfully enrolled, there are others out there who we still need to serve better,” Lee said. “These events are part of that effort.”
The Library enrollment events are being held to enroll as many people as possible before the March 31, which is the deadline for getting covered.
Diamond Bar Library: 21800 Copely Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765, (909) 861-4978
- Sat, March 8, 2014 – 10 a.m. to noon
- Sat, March 15, 2014 – 10 a.m. to noon
- Sat, March 22, 2014 – 10 a.m. to noon
La Puente Library: 15920 E. Central Ave., La Puente, CA 91744, (626) 968-4613
- Sat, March 8, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sat, March 15, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sat, March 22, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Sat, March 29, 2014 – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At all events, counselors or agents speak English and Spanish, and many speak multiple languages. “We know many people are more comfortable with a face-to-face discussion,” Lee said. “They want to speak with an expert in-person, rather than over the phone, or on the internet when making such a personal decision about health insurance.”
To expedite the enrollment process, consumers should bring to the following to the library with them:
- Current income of all family members on the application
(tax return, W-2, recent pay stubs, etc.)
- Legal resident card or Certificate of Naturalized Citizenship
(if applicable – the numbers on the card are required in the application)
- Copy of U.S. citizenship and residency status
- Copy of SSN and DOB for each family member in the household
Families with mixed-immigration status are encouraged to attend and apply for their family members who have satisfactory immigration status. To be eligible for Covered California subsidies, the applicant or applicant’s parent(s)/guardian must be a tax filer.
Additional library enrollment event locations and event dates and times throughout California can be found here: coveredca.com/events.
In addition to the library events, enrollment can be done online at coveredca.com, over the phone with a Covered California Service Center representative at 1-800-300-1506, in person with a Covered California Certified Insurance Agent or Certified Enrollment Counselor, by mail, and in person at county human and social services departments.