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New 2014 Richmond Health Enrollment Events Calendar!

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Quality and affordable health care for Richmond residents is available today. Across Richmond, events are taking place to help individuals and families get enrolled in Covered California and Medi-Cal. Starting now through March, this weekly events announcement will provide information on these upcoming events. Please note that the deadline for initial enrollment period of Covered California is March 31st, 2014. The annual open enrollment period will take place from October 15 to December 7 each year, beginning in 2014. All enrollment selections made during that period will take effect on the January 1 of the following year. Please note that there is on-going enrollment for Medi-Cal.

*Download a printer-friendly word version of the calendar here*

Click here to view the events on the Healthy Richmond calendar.

Please contact healthyrichmondbhc@gmail.com if you have information about upcoming enrollment events that you would like to submit to this weekly calendar.

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Upcoming Events

Here is a list of upcoming enrollment events. For more details on the events, click here to download a word document with full descriptions.

  • January 23 Covered California Forum – Crescent Park, 5004 Hartnett, Richmond – 12 to 2PM
  • January 28 – Let’s Get Covered – Bay Area Rescue Mission, 123 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond – 11AM to 3PM
  • February 8 – Health Enrollment Event – Nevin Center, Richmond – Time TBD
  • February 12 – Health Enrollment Event – Barrett Terrace & Barrett Plaza, 700 Barrett Avenue, Richmond – Time TBD
  • February 13 – Health Enrollment Event – Community Heritage Senior Apartments, 1555 Fred Jackson Way, Richmond – Time TBD
  • February 22 – Let’s Get Covered – City of Richmond – City Council Chambers – Civic Center Campus, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond – 10 to 1PM
  • January 25 – March 24 – Contra Costa County Events – Enrollment Assistance at Contra Costa County Libraries – See full list of dates and details below
  • Ongoing Medi-CAL Enrollment – Health Access Centers – 1305 MacDonald & other site addresses listed below

If you need help with enrollment, please call the Health Access Center in Richmond at 800-709-8348 and select option 2.

The Health Richmond Access to Quality Healthcare Action Team is pleased to collect and distribute information around upcoming health enrollment events in Richmond. This is one way that the collective group is taking action to make its vision a reality. That vision is to ensure that those who are eligible for Covered California or Medi-Cal are enrolled and that those who will remain uninsured will be connected to a health home. The Action Team is part of the Healthy Richmond initiative.which is working to make Richmond a place where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. The Healthy Richmond initiative is part of The California Endowment’s 10-year, statewide initiative, Building Healthy Communities. Richmond/North Richmond is one of the 14 communities involved in this initiative, and Healthy Richmond is the name of the local effort.  To learn more about the Action Team and their efforts in addition to the overall Healthy Richmond initiative, please visit healthyrichmond.net.

 

New Resources on Mixed-Status Families and the ACA

New Resources on Mixed-Status Families & the ACA

Please see updates and resources below shared by the The Asegúrate Campaign which includes information on why mixed status families should not be afraid to apply for health coverage. 

 

New Resources on Mixed-Status Families and the ACA

“Fear about deportation should never prevent an immigrant parent from purchasing affordable health care for his or her children.” — Marielena Hincapié, NILC executive director

We’re excited to share three new resources on immigrants and the Affordable Care Act (also known as the ACA or “Obamacare”).

FIRST, on October 25, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the immigration enforcement arm of the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security, issued a memo titled “Clarification of Existing Practices Related to Certain Health Care Information.” It confirms that immigrant parents can enroll their U.S. citizen children and other eligible family members in health insurance programs under the ACA without triggering immigration enforcement activity.

One of the major barriers to enrolling eligible members of mixed-status families into health insurance programs is the fear that applying for coverage will bring undocumented members of those families to ICE’s attention. Due to this fear, eligible family members, including U.S. citizen children, often go without the critical health insurance available to them. The ACA already contains strong protections aimed at allaying such fears, but the new clarification from ICE makes it even more clear and serves as a strong reminder that no one who’s eligible for health insurance coverage should go without it.

SECOND, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has devoted a webpage on its ACA website, HealthCare.gov, to answering questions about immigrants’ access to the health insurance marketplaces. On that webpage, titled “What do Immigrant Families Need to Know about the Marketplace?,” you’ll find information on these topics: lawfully present immigrants’ eligibility for subsidies, immigrant access to Medicaid and CHIP, whether the ACA raises public charge concerns (it doesn’t), mixed-status families’ options for care and coverage, and the collection and use of Social Security numbers (SSNs) and immigration status information.

THIRD, here at the National Immigration Law Center we’ve just published a set of answers to frequently asked questions about mixed-status families’ access to ACA programs. Our new 7-page FAQ explains, for example, who is eligible for coverage in the health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA, and who in a mixed-status family is an “applicant” and who a “nonapplicant”; and it lists six “Key points to remember about mixed-status families.”

You can find links to many more resources about immigrants’ access to health care on our “ACA: Fact Sheets & Advocacy Materials” webpage—including information on who is “lawfully present” for purposes of the ACA, a table showing which documents are typically used by lawfully present immigrants, and whether using health care raises a concern that the user will be considered a public charge.

We hope these new resources help in your outreach to immigrant families about the ACA. Please help us spread the word!