Covered CA advocates make final push to sign up more Asian Americans

LOS ANGELES – The clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of Californians to avail of the affordable care act for this period. The open enrollment for patients to find healthcare providers ends on February 15th and Covered California is reaching out to Asian communities.

Last year over 200,000 Asian Americans enrolled in California with the help of language services and outreach from within Asian American communities.

“We are a diverse state, a diverse nation and if we are not reaching out in language from the ground up this won’t work,” said Covered CA Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “We did a pretty good job last year.”

Advocates and state officials believe not every eligible Californian has signed up because of immigration fears.

“There’s a lot of interest in the community,” said Alvin Nuval. “Some of the challenges we’re still trying to deal with is trying to get people get over the stigma of getting help.”

State officials say that immigration status of a patient or their family is not used when applying for health benefits.

“Those that need help often might have family members who are undocumented – don’t worry,” said Lee. “Sign up with the information we need – that information will be used for one purpose and one purpose only: to help you get health insurance.”

While undocumented immigrants are banned from receiving Obamacare, immigrants in the U.S. on orders such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be able to avail for some of the healthcare privileges. And the same is expected for beneficiaries of the president’s executive order on immigration.

“It’s probably going to be limited so they won’t have access to Covered California but they will have access, if they’re low income, to medical,” said Doreena Wong of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. “It’ll be exactly the same as the DACA situation. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to expand it and allow the marketplaces to enroll Covered California folks.”

Patients eligible for Covered California will have to wait for the fall open enrollment period if they do not make the February 15th deadline; however, low income families that can qualify for medical could enroll year round.

Last year nationwide the Obamacare launch was marred from delays caused by technology glitches. Covered California has since beefed up its technology and ensures enrollees they results are this years open enrollment has run smoother.

You can contact Steve Angeles at steve_angeles@abs-cbn.com and follow him on Twitter @stevieangeles for more information.

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  • noz
    23 January 2015 at 11:47 pm - Reply

    yeah, its like one big party, until the shits hit the fan. keep on enrolling / rolling while the pot is hot, only to find out the pots are empty. the balance is imbalanced with too many freeloaders, and way less taxpayers, all designed by obobo / his bobos. so, you all out there foolish / clueless / couldn’t care less, you all need to wake up before its too late, the freeloaders are like goats, rabbits, horses, etc chewing every bits / pieces of grass you all own. its time to stop the madman obobo, through the supports of the weighty elephants knocking down obummercare. people must relearn life’s lesson – THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS FREE LUNCH. you want to eat lunch?, then work hard for it. obobo is one wicked man, who destroyed a populous with american value of life’s lesson.

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