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Schools help families enroll in Covered California, Medi-Cal

EdSource 

With huge numbers of California children still uninsured, schools are beginning to take the lead in letting families know that affordable health care coverage is available.

In school libraries and courtyards from Sacramento to Los Angeles and beyond, trained enrollment counselors have been invited to set up folding tables, commandeer desk space and corral parents before the Feb. 15 sign-up deadline for Covered California, the state’s online health insurance marketplace created under the federal Affordable Care Act.

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New Back-to-School Checklist Item in California: Enroll in Health Coverage

The Huffington Post

What a difference a year makes. Last September, as millions of children across the country and in California started back to school, there was real uncertainty about what the new health care law, Obamacare, would bring. While not perfect, the law can take credit for the enrollment of over 8 million people in the Federal or State Exchanges, and another 7.2 million enrolling in Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in the states that expanded coverage. Additionally, 3.1 million young people remained covered on their parent's health insurance. And thanks to Obamacare, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage to children because of a pre-existing condition like asthma, diabetes, or a heart condition.

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Vaccinations For Back-to-School

La Opinion

The Affordable Care Act makes medical care and exams more accessible than before.

Jose Franco, Principal on Special Assignment at Montebello Unified School District and ALL IN partner: “Our families now have access to a variety of basic medical services that they didn’t before because a large percentage of our families are low-income with no prior medical coverage.”

 “The Affordable Care Act has awaken the desire of our families to stay informed on preventative medical services and they can now look for these services in our community.”

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ALL IN Campaign for Health Reaches More of California's Children and Their Parents Through Schools

Astrid Campos from TCP's ALL IN for Health Campaign describes the importance of outreach through schools to enroll families in Obamacare.  "Health care does not just benefit the physical health of a child but it’s also important for their mental well being," said Campos. She also noted, “We know that bringing health coverage to millions of Californians who went without is not just great for the health of their families but also for the entire state.”

ALL IN for Health Recognized for It's Role with Schools as Enrollment Hubs for Health Care

Cabinet Report

Wendy Lazarus highlights the role of schools as "community hubs and trusted resources of information on social welfare issues" and how TCP's latest ALL IN for Health campaign supported enrollment efforts throughout California schools. 

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Tom Torlakson Encourages Education Leaders for Final Push of Open Enrollment

Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, sent a letter to County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators encouraging a final push to connect children, families, and others to enroll in health coverage. As a partner of the ALL IN Health Campaign, the California Department of Education has worked with our partners to bring enrollment events and materials to schools, early learning programs, and after school sites throughout California. 

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Rio Americano High School Senior Organizes Health Care Registration Event

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CBS 13 Sacramento
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Good Day Sacramento
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Rio Americano High senior organizes school health event

Sacramento Bee

"What’s special about an event scheduled for Saturday is that Duran persuaded administrators to throw open the doors of the school library for a 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for an information session on health care enrollment through the Covered California state insurance exchange and other insurance providers," according to Melissa Vargas, manager of the ALL IN Campaign for The Children’s Partnership.

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Zero Divide Interview on ALL IN Campaign

Zero Divide Blog

Elaine Carpenter, ZeroDivide’s Vice President of Business Development, interviewed Wendy Lazarus, the founder and co-president of The Children’s Partnership (TCP), about TCP’s new ALL IN Campaign to support schools in helping families enroll in affordable health coverage. Prior to her work at ZeroDivide, Elaine worked with Wendy as the Director of Technology, Policy and Programs at TCP.

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Obamacare Llega a las Escuelas

Juzely Duran a student organizer from Carmichael, California joined the ALL IN Campaign to educate and help students and their families access affordable health care.  She knows first hand how stressful it is for a family to not have health insurance and have to pay out-of-pocket for medical care, 

“When you come from a low-income family and you don’t have insurance, you can’t just come up with the money they charge you at a hospital,” said Duran. “My house is the roof that my mom provides for me. You could lose everything because you’re not insured. I hope everybody takes advantage of this great opportunity so they can enroll.”

“The success of the Affordable Care Act will really be through word of mouth from trusted sources like schools, child-care, and after-school providers,” said Melissa Vargas of The Children’s Partnership, a national children’s advocacy organization that is spearheading the project.  “As soon as a 'el papa' learns that affordable health care is available and has gone through the process of enrolling, he will pass on the word to the rest of his family and his neighbors.  Soon enough, 'el primo' or 'el tio' will also enroll.”

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