Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Gay Central Valley Receives Covered California Grant




Gay Central Valley Office & The Fresno LGBT Community Center
1055 N Van Ness Avenue, Suite A  Fresno, CA  93728  559-325-4429
gaycentralvalley.org  fresnolgbtcenter.org

NEWS RELEASE - IMMEDIATE RELEASE   September 16th, 2014

CONTACT: Kayleia Southard Kayleia@gaycentralvalley.org  or  Chris Jarvis  chris@gaycentralvalley.org

SUBJECT : COVERED CALIFORNIA COMMUNITY OUTREACH CAMPAIGN

Gay Central Valley is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of a Covered California grant, aimed at underserved populations in the state. This grant is part of a larger grant through the Health Access Foundation. The grant money will, in part, pay two individuals from Gay Central Valley’s board of directors to reach out to LGBT people and others over the next few months to sign members up through the Covered California program for medical insurance. Outreach will cover Fresno and Merced counties in the Central Valley. Grant money will also be used for office space, equipment, supplies, etc.

From Covered California: “Building on high enrollment in 2014, Covered California launched its community outreach campaign for 2015 on Monday, including new grants to community groups and a comprehensive advertising program aimed at attracting new consumers and encouraging them to enroll in the state’s health benefit exchange.

The campaign includes $46 million in new statewide advertising and $14.6 million in new community outreach grant funding. Selected organizations will receive between $50,000 and $750,000 in grants, based on their experience with special populations defined by common characteristics – such as language, ethnicity, geography and employment sector – and their ability to effectively educate and enroll Californians and help individuals with Covered California renew their insurance.”

The program runs from October 1, 2014 to June 30th, 2015. Open enrollment is from November 15th 2014 to February 15th, 2015.

“We will be connecting with the underserved LGBT community, as well as many others, to provide education and guidance for individuals signing up for insurance through the exchange,” said Chris Jarvis, President of Gay Central Valley. “There are specific questions many in the LGBT community have in terms of medical insurance, and being an LGBT resource organization, we will strive to break barriers that might prevent many in the community from taking on the challenge of insurance, which is vital for a host of reasons.”

"The Health Access Foundation reached out to us to be a part of this grant,” said Kayleia Southard, GCV board member and program lead. “We couldn't be happier with our grant partners and our common goal of getting LGBT populations the health care they need. Our grant partners include: Gender Health Center, San Joaquin Pride Center, The Center OC and Unity Fellowship Church."

Chris Jarvis and Kayleia Southard will be running the grant program through Gay Central Valley. They can be contacted at the email addresses above or by calling the Fresno LGBT Community Center, also operated by Gay Central Valley, at 559-325-4429. Gay Central Valley also, in cooperation with Merced Full Spectrum, opened their second LGBT Community Center in Merced, and will be utilizing those offices as well.

Gay Central Valley is an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Fresno, California. Gay Central Valley operates the Fresno LGBT Community Center. Their latest project is the Merced LGBT Community Center, which is operated by Merced Full Spectrum, a division of Gay Central Valley.

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