“From the mega churches to the mega temples, we have really good response going on… in the Southern California area especially.”
Dana Howard of the exchange says Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups have been involved. He says this weekend, a megachurch in Southern California may bring out thousands of their congregants to an enrollment fair.
“What it can do is capture those people who have been sitting on the fence so to speak, and if they’re going to get the information, religious organizations are a great place where they can feel comfortable that what they’ll getting is going to be for their best benefit.”
Howard says faith groups are a trusted source of information for large numbers of people who may qualify for financial assistance.
In 22 Northern California counties, some health insurance customers have only one choice of insurer in Covered California. We go to a rural community north of Quincy to find out what that's like.
Blue Shield of California stopped selling policies to individuals in 250 zip codes in 2014. The coverage area reduction is especially felt in Northern California, where consumers have few choices through Covered California.
Anthem Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Covered California's Northern California region, ended an out-of-state benefit for individual planholders this year. Blue Shield of California plans in the region also restrict care to within state lines.
The open enrollment period for Covered California began less than a month ago. But the pace of applications and enrollments has already exceeded last year.
California offers several services for both documented and undocumented immigrants. But fears about deportation deter many people from taking advantage of the benefits offered to them.