This Saturday, March 15, 2014, locals are invited to sign up for health coverage at the Oakland Public Library before the deadline at the end of the month.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, over 49 million Americans did not have health insurance prior to the Affordable Care Act– and that was just the estimate for nonelderly individuals. Trying to select health coverage that suits your needs can be tricky which is why the Oakland Public Library’s Rockridge Branch is offering assistance.
From 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, specialists will be at the Rockridge branch to aid people in signing up for health insurance due to the enactment of the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare.”
Those requiring assistance in signing up for health care are asked to bring their social security numbers for themselves and their dependents. Citizens that were naturalized in the United States will need to bring proof of their immigration status.
Individuals that are able to self enroll can do so by visiting the Covered California website. According to Healthplans.com, there are a wide variety of health insurance packages to choose from with carriers such as Blue Cross, Aetna, Kaiser, Cigna and more. A $695 or 2% penalty (whichever is greater) will be applied to those that do not enroll in health insurance by 2016.
The Rockridge branch is located at 5366 College Avenue in Oakland, California. For more information on the health care enrollment assistance program, call (888) 975-1142.