Local Students and Their Families Lined Up to Learn and Enroll into Affordable Health Coverage at All IN For Health Enrollment Event
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (January 24, 2015) - On Saturday, students, families, educators, and community members came together at Natomas High 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 with schools, 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.
“Today’s ALL IN For Health enrollment event at Natomas High School is just one of the many ways that schools across California can help families connect to affordable health coverage before the February 15 open enrollment deadline,” said Peter V. Lee, Executive Director of Covered California. “When schools are dedicated to spreading the word that health coverage is now within reach, we can make sure that every eligible Californian gets the security and peace of mind they deserve.”
“I’ve personally seen how difficult it can be for a sick or hurting child to focus on school work,” said Carol Williams, executive director of Special Education and Student Services at Natomas Unified School District. “Healthy kids make better learners. And community events like this provide a perfect opportunity for parents to get their questions answered, research their options, and to sign up for affordable health coverage that will benefit their family all year long.”
"Today's ALL IN For Health enrollment event at Natomas High School is a great starting point in creating a culture of coverage within California schools," said Teri Burns, Vice President of the Natomas Unified School District Board of Trustees. "It's important that we use the momentum we built today to get as many families enrolled through Covered California before the February 15 open enrollment deadline—and raise awareness that Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round."
"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 the commitment of Natomas Unified School District to educate families throughout the community about the availability of affordable health coverage 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 salable 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.