PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

4/29/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 042920
Subject:
City Offers Enrollment Assistance for State Medical Insurance
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (Media inquiries only)
jic@longbeach.gov (Media inquiries only)
RESIDENTS: Please call 562.570.INFO




Long Beach, CA – Those eligible for Medi-Cal and Covered California can receive enrollment assistance and information about health care programs from the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

Both state-operated insurance programs offer access to primary care, emergency treatment and mental health services to all who qualify.

“Having access to healthcare is more important than ever,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “For those who may qualify for Medi-Cal or Covered California, our city is committed to helping you sign up and become familiar with these healthcare options."

Help is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 562.570.7979. Certified Enrollment Counselors speak English, Spanish and Khmer. People may also send questions via coveredlb@longbeach.gov

“We know people are worried about the ability to get healthcare,” said Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. “The Health Department is committed to providing information and assistance, not only about COVID-19 but also about other pressing health issues, including insurance.”

Medi-Cal enrollment is available throughout the year, and most Medi-Cal programs do not have premiums or require copayments. It takes about 45 days to process an application and in some cases, applicants may receive up to three months of retroactive coverage to help pay for unpaid medical expenses. 

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the enrollment period for Covered California has been extended through June 30 to eligible uninsured individuals who need health care coverage. Coverage begins one month after enrollment. Covered California can help make premium payments and out-of-pocket expenses more affordable. 

If you have an illness that requires medical attention before your health care coverage activates, please visit the Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC), a free clinic that provides treatment for common ailments such as urinary tract infections or ear-aches. The clinic is staffed by the Long Beach Medical Reserves Corps - a group of volunteer medical professionals from our community. 

The RAC at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Individuals can receive free assessment and treatment for common ailments, as well as new and renewed prescriptions for common medications, on a walk-in basis.

For the latest information on COVID-19, with details on all that the City of Long Beach is doing to keep our residents safe, visit the redesigned website at: longbeach.gov/COVID19 and follow @LongBeachCity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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