Local Students and Their Families Lined Up to Learn about and Enroll into Affordable Health Coverage at Encina Preparatory 6-12 School All IN For Health Enrollment Event
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (February 7, 2015) – On Saturday, students, families, educators, and community members came together at Encina Preparatory 6-12 School to learn about and enroll into affordable health coverage. The enrollment event was part of The Children’s Partnership’s ALL IN for Health 22-day statewide campaign withschools, early learning centers, and after-school sites across the state to help inform all eligible families about available health coverage opportunities and connect them to coverage ahead of the Covered California open enrollment deadline on February 15.
"Encina Preparatory 6-12 School is proud to serve as a resource to families in the community,” said Barry Roth,Community Partnerships Coordinator and English Teacher at Encina Preparatory 6-12 School. "We know firsthand that when our students have access to health coverage, they are better prepared to learn and succeed. Today's event was an incredible opportunity for us to help families enroll into health coverage before the February 15 Covered California deadline."
"Schools are a natural onramp to connect thousands of uninsured children and families to health coverage. That is why the ALL IN For Health Campaign has partnered with schools across the state to educate families about health coverage opportunities and make sure eligible families get the enrollment assistance they need," said Wendy Lazarus, Founder and Co-President of The Children's Partnership. "We applaud Encina High School for their commitment to educate the community about affordable health coverage options and to offer opportunities for families and individuals to enroll.”
HEALTH COVERAGE ENROLLMENT FACTS
Open Enrollment for Covered California runs until February 15, 2015. Medi-Cal enrollment is open all year long. Other health care options are available for those not eligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California, such as those with undocumented status. Californians can find out what they are eligible for and apply at www.coveredca.com or call 1 (800) 300-1506.
ABOUT ALL IN FOR HEALTH
ALL IN is a school-focused statewide Campaign to equip education leaders with the tools they need to educate families and individuals in the school, early learning, and after-school communities about health coverage opportunities and connect uninsured children, parents, and employees to health coverage. The initiative has made over 4.2 million contacts with parents, students, and school employees across California with messages about health coverage opportunities available as a result of health care reform. The ALL IN Campaign is a project of The Children’s Partnership, in close collaboration with state leaders, including: California Department of Education; California School Boards Association; California School-Based Health Alliance; California Coverage & Health Initiatives; The California Endowment’s Get Covered / Asegúrate Campaign; and Covered California. For more information, please visit: www.allinforhealth.org.
ABOUT THE CHILDREN’S PARTNERSHIP
The Children’s Partnership is a strategy and policy center working to ensure that all children, especially those at risk of being left behind, have the opportunities and resources they need to grow up healthy and lead productive lives. We develop bold ideas, create scalable programs, and drive meaningful action to help all children thrive. Led by Wendy Lazarus, Laurie Lipper, and our Board of Directors, The Children’s Partnership works in California and nationally, with staff in Santa Monica, CA; Sacramento, CA; and Washington, DC. For more information, please visit: www.childrenspartnership.org.
ABOUT ENCINA PREPARATORY 6-12
As a community based school, Encina Preparatory 6-12 goes well beyond providing rigorous academic opportunities for all students. Encina staff understands and is committed to focusing on the needs of the whole student and the needs of families. With over 96% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, Encina has found that the community based approach provides students with the security, stability and well-being that results in increased academic success. Wrap-around support services such as a clothes closet, food closet, social/emotional supports, health care and health insurance are some of the ways that Encina is supporting students and families throughout the community.