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Sacramento Covered Expands Opportunities for Uninsured

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(Sacramento, CA ) - Working to cover all residents in quality, affordable health plans, Sacramento Covered today announced a series of local events and expanded office hours to support efforts to enroll the uninsured before the close of open enrollment on March 31, 2014.

 As this Affordable Care Act milestone quickly approaches, thousands of local residents still haven't enrolled in health plans and many of them don't even know they need to or will face tax penalties - in particular the uninsured that would benefit most.  According to the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, just 24 percent of the uninsured surveyed last month were aware of the March deadline to sign up for coverage. 

"There are still thousands of local individuals and families eligible to enroll in Covered California but who may not be confident in their ability to do so on their own," said Kelly Bennett-Wofford, executive director of Sacramento Covered. "To meet this need, our certified enrollment counselors will be available to provide guidance to ensure that every resident has the opportunity to enroll in the coverage they need." 

Long instrumental in reaching local underserved populations, Sacramento Covered stands ready to provide enrollment counselors to support navigating enrollment in seven languages, ensuring everyone has an equal opportunity to understand the process and enroll. 

Supplementing this effort, Sacramento Covered will host enrollment events in the region to support the expected influx of residents applying for coverage through Covered California and Medi-Cal including:

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26, 12 - 7 p.m.
El Dorado County Main Library
345 Fair Lane Placerville, CA 

WEDNESDAY MARCH 26, 4 - 7 p.m.
In partnership with Mutual Assistance Network and Assmblymember Roger Dickinson
St. Matthews Episcopal Church
2300 Edison Ave. Sacramento, CA 

In addition to 83 one-on-one counseling appointments already scheduled in the next six days, Sacramento Covered will accept walk-ins on a first-come, first-serve basis at its new, centrally located main office located at 8928 Volunteer Lane, Suite 220, Sacramento, CA 95826 on Saturday March 29, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sunday March 30, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and, Monday March 31, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.   

Certified Health Access Specialists will be on hand to answer questions, walk through coverage options and make sure applications are submitted accurately and completely. All applicants should bring the following information:

  • Income information: Last year's tax return or two most recent paycheck stubs
  • Employer and income information for everyone in the family
  • Federal tax information, such as dependents and who file as head of household
  • Social Security numbers for all family members applying for coverage or other documents indicating legal residency status for immigrants
  • Proof of residency: CA driver's license, green card, passport, or utility bill
  • Information on insurance offered through an employer for any family members

The consequence for not carrying health coverage is a steadily increasing tax penalty for going without insurance for three consecutive months or longer. The first year is 1 percent of income or $95 per adult and up to $285 per family whichever is greater. The second year increases to 2 percent. In 2016, the fine will increase to 2.5 percent. After 2016, the penalty will increase annually by the increase to the cost of living.

For more information about eligibility status, enrollment services or events, visit www.sacramentocovered.org or (916) 414-8333 OR (866) 850-4321.