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Covered California Requests City Help in ACA Implementation

October 31, 2013
In a letter to California city mayors last week, Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee asked for city assistance in ensuring “that everyone … has access to affordable, quality healthcare.”
Lee invited cities to participate and adopt “Covering Every City” type resolutions declaring Nov. 16 or any day or month thereafter devoted to education about enrolling in Covered California.
After passing a city resolution, Covered California will assist partnering cities with outreach and healthcare enrollment efforts. The organization will offer support by matching cities with groups already providing education and enrollment outreach within their respective jurisdictions. Partnering cities will also receive a local toolkit providing additional assistance and resources. Cities interested in joining the effort are encouraged to contact Diane Stanton with Covered California. 
Background on Covered California
The roll out t of Covered California began Oct.1 aligned with policies enacted under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The California Health Benefit Exchange was created after Congress adopted ACA. The agency is charged with overseeing the implementation of ACA and providing a fair marketplace for consumers to purchase health insurance. An extension agency under the Exchange, “Covered California” was created to serve as California’s leading healthcare insurance marketplace and assist Californians with purchasing health insurance under the new federal law. The enrollment period for Covered California closes March 31, 2014.
Get Involved
Covered California’s Board meetings are listed on the Health Benefit Exchange 2013 Board Calendar where agendas and meeting webcasts are available. Covered California encourages the public to participate in board meetings by either attending or watching the presentation webcasts. The following dates remain on the board’s calendar for 2013:
  • Thursday, Nov. 21: East End Complex, Sacramento      
  • Thursday, Dec. 15: East End Complex, Sacramento

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