Sen. Holly Mitchell urges Uninsured to sign up now for ACA benefits

October 01, 2013

South L.A. workshops planned to answer questions about eligibility and benefits

Los Angeles -- Enrollment in health care insurance established nationwide by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) opened October 1st and Senator Holly J. Mitchell (SD 26 – Los Angeles) is urging all Californians who lack adequate health coverage to sign up.

“Access to health care for millions of the uninsured becomes available January 1st for those who enroll now,” said Senator Mitchell who, as chair of the Assembly’s Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services,   initiated hearings more than a year ago to begin to ready the state’s health care system to ensure access for new eligibles. “We’ve expanded MediCal, commissioned the Covered California exchange to offer new coverage options and mandated that insurance companies provide basic preventive and treatment benefits. Now it’s time for those who need health care to step forth and claim it – especially families with children.”
While the ACA does not automatically ensure coverage for everyone, more Californians than ever before are expected to benefit.  

On November 2 Mitchell will co-sponsor, with Trinity Baptist Church in south Los Angeles, “Obamacare Comes to You!”, the first of a series of workshops with expert panelists and certified counselors to explain the program and to enroll children and families in under-served areas.

For more information about the ACA or one of the upcoming workshops on enrollment, constituents are urged to contact Senator Mitchell’s district office at 213-745-6656.