Wednesday, September 25, 2013

California Health Insurance Update


On October 1, California's online health insurance marketplace, known as Covered California, will open enrollment and begin connecting residents with new, affordable health insurance options. This marketplace was created as a result of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, and has the potential to drastically improve health disparities among the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Equality California Institute educates LGBT people and the public at large about issues impacting our community, and barriers to health care has been one of the Institute's central focuses this year. That's why we launched our "Health Happens with Equality"/"La Salud Ocurre Con La Igualdad" campaign to connect thousands of LGBT Californians with the resources needed to make informed health insurance decisions. 
Click here to sign-up to receive reminders about enrollment or to get enrollment assistance.
The passage of Obamacare will mean more protections for the LGBT community. The new law creates affordable options, bans discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and guarantees coverage even if you have a preexisting condition such as HIV/AIDS or mental health concerns. 
Learn more about your health insurance options in one of the following ways:
  • Sign-up with Equality California Institute to receive a reminder once enrollment opens or to receive enrollment assistance. 
  • Visit Covered California's "Shop and Compare" tool to learn more about the various insurance options available to you. 
  • Need care now? These California clinics will help regardless of your insurance or documentation status.
Do you know someone who's uninsured or underinsured? Forward them this email so that they can get the coverage they need!
In Solidarity,
John O'Connor
Equality California
Executive Director

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