This Week: Town Hall focuses on Obama health plan

Published: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1B
Last Modified: Monday, Jul. 22, 2013 - 6:03 am

In 2014, the federal government will require most people to carry health insurance or pay a penalty. Covered California aims to provide a place for legal residents to buy insurance at a reasonable price.

A major challenge for Covered California – the new state health care marketplace that opens in 2014 – is to reach low-income residents and those who can't speak English. Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, will host a town hall meeting on Tuesday in which presenters will discuss how to best reach California's diverse population. Representatives of Covered California also will be available to answer questions from the public.

Interpreters who speak Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese and Russian will be on hand to help.

The meeting runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the newly opened Vietnamese Community Center, 6270 Elder Creek Road, Sacramento.

About 5.3 million Californians are uninsured, including about 2.6 million who could qualify for subsidies under the national health care law.

To persuade people to sign up for coverage, Covered California is spending millions in grants for community groups and public agencies to do outreach.

– Mary Lynne Vellinga

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