PRESS RELEASE

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

9/2/2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 090220
Subject:
Health Department Offers Assistance With State Medical Insurance Enrollment
Covered California Announces New Paths to Coverage
Contact:
City of Long Beach Joint Information Center
562.570.NEWS (6397)
jic@longbeach.gov





Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is providing enrollment assistance to those who may be eligible for Medi-Cal and Covered California. Both State-operated insurance programs offer access to primary care, emergency treatment and mental health services to all who qualify.

“Covered CA makes it possible for our community to receive health care without limitations from income or pre-existing conditions,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The current health pandemic brings to light just how important it is to have access to quality healthcare.”

Covered California recently announced new paths to coverage that will run through the end of 2020. Residents who have been affected by the wildfires or lost employment or income due to the pandemic and resulting recession could be eligible to sign up for coverage.

“The Health Department is committed to providing information and assistance to help ensure people across our City have access to health insurance and quality physical and mental health care,” said Health and Human Services Director Kelly Colopy. 

Help is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 562.570.7979. Certified Enrollment Counselors speak English, Spanish and Khmer, and have access to Tagalog and several other languages. Questions may be directed to coveredlb@longbeach.gov

Covered California initially responded to the COVID-19 emergency by opening the health insurance exchange from March 20 to August 31 to any eligible uninsured individuals who needed health care coverage. Every year, Covered California provides eligible consumers the opportunity to sign up for health care coverage outside of the traditional open-enrollment period if they experience a qualifying life event like losing their health insurance, moving, getting married or having a baby. With the special-enrollment period expiring August 31, the new qualifying life events will continue to help people sign up for health care coverage. 

People who sign up through Covered California will have access to private health insurance plans with monthly premiums that may be lowered due to federal and new state financial help that became effective in 2020. After selecting a plan, their coverage would begin on the first day of the following month

Medi-Cal
Consumers who sign up through CoveredCA.com may find out that they are eligible for no-cost or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal, which they can enroll in online. Those eligible for Medi-Cal can have coverage that is immediately effective. California has halted Medi-Cal renewal reviews and discontinuances through the end of the public health emergency, ensuring that those already enrolled can continue their coverage. 

Rapid Assessment Clinic (RAC)
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 assessment and treatment for common ailments like earaches and urinary tract infections. The RAC at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Hwy.) is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekdays. No appointment is necessary.

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

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