Category Archives: Health Coverage

Release: SMC Encourages Residents to Keep Benefits and Enroll in Affordable Health Care

In the wake of the proposed changes to federal “public charge” immigration rules, which define how an immigrant resident’s application to enter the country or receive a green card is assessed, San Mateo County advises everyone to utilize the benefits they need and remain available to them.

The proposed changes significantly expand what public benefits are considered as public charge (e.g., Medi-Cal, CalFresh, public housing or Section 8 vouchers). Access to healthcare and insurance, food and housing are critical to a healthy community, and San Mateo County remains committed to providing excellent services with respect and dignity for all. Read the full press release here.

Last Day of Open Enrollment for 2018 Health Coverage!

Today is the last day to renew, change or enroll in health insurance coverage through Covered California. Local in-person enrollment assistance is available by calling (650) 616-2002 or 1 (800) 223-8383. People can also enroll directly through Covered California’s website: www.CoveredCA.com.

Release: Jan. 31 Affordable Health Coverage Deadline

covered californiaWith just two weeks until the January 31 deadline to sign up for health insurance through Covered California, an estimated 29,000 San Mateo County residents still do not have health insurance and may qualify for financial help. The health system is encouraging all county residents to enroll in affordable health coverage. Check out the news release for more information.

There will be free health coverage enrollments, along with a presentation on health coverage programs for all immigrants in California at the Health Coverage for All forum on January 28.

 

 

 

Jan. 28 – Health Insurance Coverage for All

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Confused about the latest changes to health care and tax laws? Afraid of applying for public benefits because of potential changes to immigration laws?

Join San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services and Legal Aid Society for an informative presentation, offered in English and Spanish, on health coverage programs for all immigrants in California.

There will also be a community resource fair, on-site health screening, children’s activities, free refreshments, health insurance enrollment and more. See thee event flyer in English or Spanish for more information.

When?
January 28, 2018, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where?
St. Francis of Assisi Church
1425 Bay Road
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Please register by January 19 here. Interpreter services available within 3 days notice.

Questions? Contact Winnie Wu (650) 372-6113, wcwu@smcgov.org.

Midnight Tonight: Deadline to Enroll for Covered California Insurance Starting January 1

covered californiaThe deadline to enroll in Covered California and have coverage starting January 1 is midnight tonight, December 22.  

Important Covered California deadlines:

  • For coverage beginning January 1, 2018 – Enroll by December 22, 2017
  • For coverage beginning March 1, 2018 – Enroll by January 31, 2018, last day of open enrollment 

How to enroll in Covered California

December 12 – Social Media Chat: Health Coverage Uncovered

Social Media Chat Graphic 1Health insurance keeps you healthy and financially covered when you need it most. Wondering what health coverage plan is best for you?

Join the Health Coverage: Uncovered social media chat with San Mateo County enrollment counselors Tuesday, December 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. Log on to Facebook (facebook.com/SMCHealth) and Twitter (twitter.com/smchealth) and ask any health insurance questions. Follow the conversation at @SMCHealth and #GetCoveredSMC for all the updates. Help will be available in English and Spanish. Read more

CHI’s First Health Care Rights And Immigration Forum For The Chinese Community

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Chinese Health Initiative (CHI) hosted its first Health Care Rights and Immigration Forum for the Chinese Community at Millbrae Library on Saturday, October 14th, 2017. There was a huge turnout, with more than 80 individuals attending in-person, along with over 250+ views from our Facebook live recording of the presentation. Of the attendees, we had 27 representatives, from 13 local community agencies, tabling at the Resource Fair. CHI was also recognized by Board of Supervisor David Canepa and by Chief of Staff from Supervisor Dave Pine’s office for our work in hosting the forum for the Chinese Community.

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