Residents Have Opportunity to Sign-up for Health Insurance at Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Celebration

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As part of the City of Long Beach Peace Week activities, interested community members are encouraged to sign-up for health insurance at the 28th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Celebration, January 16, at Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, 1950 Lemon Avenue.

“I want to personally encourage all residents without health insurance to enroll themselves and their families through Covered California,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “My thanks to Councilmember Andrews, as well our Health Department, the Children’s Clinic, and Molina Healthcare for their support and leadership.”

The communitywide event is being held immediately after the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity Parade, as part of the White House Healthy Communities Challenge. From 12:00 to 5:00 pm, information booths from the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, The Children’s Clinic Serving Children and Their Families, and Molina Healthcare will be available to answer questions and enroll individuals in Medi-Cal, Covered California or MyHealthLA. Members of the Long Beach Health Access Coalition will promote health insurance enrollment and answer questions from community members.

“This year’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace and Unity celebration theme is Infinite Hope,” said Councilmember Dee Andrews. “His message of hope is one that calls on us all to expand health care coverage to all Americans, and I encourage people to take a moment to celebrate hope by getting enrolled in health insurance.”

Individuals who want to enroll in Covered CA must bring the following documents:

  • birth certificate, U.S. passport or resident alien card (green card)
  • proof of income such as recent paychecks and 2014 tax forms
  • proof of Los Angeles County residency such as driver’s license, utility or phone bills, rental agreement; and
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the family applying for health insurance

Walk-ins and appointments to register are also available at 2525 Grand Avenue, Long Beach. For more information, visit www.longbeach.gov/health or call 562.570.7979.

For 2016 coverage, the Open Enrollment Period ends on January 31, 2016. People may qualify for Special Enrollment Periods allowing them to enroll outside of Open Enrollment if they have certain life events, like getting married, having a baby, or losing other coverage.

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