NAACP to provide Covered California enrollment help

By From page A3 | March 08, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The Tri-City NAACP has scheduled a series of enrollment events for those who need health insurance and haven’t yet signed up for Covered California’s plans.

The sessions are scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday and Thursday, starting Thursday and running through March 31, at 1745 Enterprise Drive, Suite 108, in Fairfield.

A California state certified enrollment counselor will take clients at each session through the process and get them signed up for health care coverage before they leave.

Those interested in getting assistance must call 389-6020 to make an appointment to meet with the counselor. They must also bring with them state or federal identification, such as a driver’s license; proof of residence, such as a utility bill; proof of citizenship, such as a Social Security card; and proof of income, such as a paycheck stub.

March 31 is the last day that Californians can sign-up for coverage. After that date, anyone who lives in the state or the country without health insurance will be assessed a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of their income per year.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 08, 2014 - 6:52 am

    Mike, the last paragraph is not completely accurate. The fine is not $95 or 1% of income "per year." That is the penalty for 2014 only. It should also end with, whichever is higher. Next year it will be $325 per person per year or 2% of your Income and the following year it goes up to $695 per person per year or 2.5% of your Income. Starting in 2018 it adjusts annually for inflation.

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  • patrickMarch 08, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    MR PRATICAL somebody should let the TRI-CITY NAACP know about this.

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 08, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    Patrick, the Obama administration assumed that the young people and ethnicities that voted for him would be lined up in droves to enroll. That isn't happening. This is part of billions of dollars in marketing ($300 million just in California) being spent chasing them down. I doubt threatening them with the penalties is going to help.

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  • patrickMarch 08, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    the ones they track down are probably not working anyway

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 08, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Patrick, you are probably correct and many of them will get health care for free or close to it.

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  • patrickMarch 08, 2014 - 4:30 pm

    short for making an ASS out of U and ME "assume"

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  • Mr. PracticalMarch 08, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    In this case, absolutely. At least for those that couldn't see it coming.

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