Volunteers Ringing 200,000 Bells to Inform Orange Countians About Obamacare

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Union and community organizations in Orange County announced Thursday that their members will be going door-to-door to about 200,000 homes to inform residents about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. Obamacare. The grassroots Get Covered campaign will be focusing on Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove, Westminster and other parts of the county with representatives who speak multiple languages besides English, including Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

"Orange County has a significant number of residents who need health care coverage," explains Javier Gonzalez, executive director of SOLIPAZ, which describes itself as a corporation that helps underrepresented people learn civic skills and is based in Los Angeles.

"This large scale effort is an unprecedented attempt in the county to reach those who need health insurance most," Gonzalez continues in the Get Covered announcement. "This is a historic time, and we are taking this opportunity to help connect thousands of local residents to health coverage so they can access vital health care services."

Those ringing bells and knocking on doors will inform residents about upcoming education and ACA enrollment events and other services for which they may qualify. It's estimated that 17 percent of Orange County's 3 million residents are uninsured, and a third of those are young adults.

Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities is leading the outreach with support from the California Endowment. The coalition includes the Orange County Federation of Labor, Korean Resource Center, Orange County Communities Organized for Responsible Development (OCCORD), Orange County Congregation Community Organization (OCCCO) and Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA).

"We are really pleased to have such large grass roots support," says Julio Perez, interim executive director of the Orange County Labor Federation, in the statement. "The coalition understands that enrolling thousands of people takes time and effort, as well as face-to-face contact with members of their community. Our coalition is fully committed to raising awareness in the community, especially among harder to reach populations, and getting people enrolled in health coverage."

Find out more at GetCoveredCA.com.

A similar effort is under way in Long Beach, but instead of going door-to-door, city officials and more than 25 community partners are getting directly involved in shepherding residents to six locations offering health insurance enrollment from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

"This is a great opportunity for people to ask their questions about the new health mandates and make a more informed decision on their own health insurance," Mayor Bob Foster says in the Cover Long Beach announcement.

No appointment is required but those interested in completing a health insurance application must bring:

  • Birth certificate, U.S. passport or resident alien card (green card)
  • Proof of income such as recent paychecks and 2012 tax forms
  • Proof of Los Angeles County residency such as driver's license, utility or phone bills, or rental agreement
  • Social Security cards for everyone in the family applying for health insurance.

All information will be provided in English and Spanish, with additional languages as noted, at:

  • Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, 2525 Grand Ave. Khmer, Tagalog (Free flu shots will also be offered at this site only from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
  • The Children's Clinic Hamilton Family Resource Center, 1060 E. 70th St.
  • Long Beach Community Action Partnership, 3012 Long Beach Blvd.
  • Long Beach First Friends Church, 850 Atlantic Ave. Khmer, Chamorro, Samoan, Tagalog.
  • St. Mary Medical Center/Dignity Health, 1050 Linden Ave.
  • Westside Baptist Church, 2280 Caspian Ave.

The city notes Obamacare expands the number of individuals and families who qualify for Medi-Cal and through Covered California, many more individuals are eligible for tax subsidies to help purchase health insurance. For more information and a list of participating agencies, visit www.longbeach.gov/health or call 562.570.7979.

Email: mcoker@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @MatthewTCoker. Follow OC Weekly on Twitter @ocweekly or on Facebook!



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ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

If any of those Obama clones shows up at my doorstep, I will drop kick them down the driveway.  Give me the Jehova's Witnesses and Morman kids any day of the week, but not the followers of the Pied Piper of Chicago.    

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

If the website does not work then why are you implementing it?

and they call me a genius.

"If the processes and procedures do not work then why are you using the processes and procedures that do not work, you know the ones that you created and wanted everyone else to use". When you get free health care.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and I got turned down for making Bruxie Waffles. They hired the entire staff before the store even opened. 200 to 300 interviewed.

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

Yeah they can come to mine so they can hear me say that I won't buy something that I don't need and can't afford because I'm out of a shovel ready JOB!

23 million unemployed from coast to coast and you want one man to find a job.

FFO1939
FFO1939

Let the free loading begin!!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

They can come to my home and tell me how to get my coverage back. I liked it.

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@Frank07  

"Free"? I still have to pay for it! But I'm sorry we peasants who need affordable (not FREE) health care are so bothersome to you.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog  Why are liberals such pussies?  One stupid question deserves another , don't you think.  My "drop kick" reference was with tongue in cheek and strong emphasis of my disgust with any of those Obama creeps showing up on my doorstep.  

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@FishWithoutBicycle @Frank07 You have a victim attitude. Evident by all of your posts. Someone is out to get you. Someone is out to get the minorities and the gays and the illegals. You're attitude and lack of discipline is the problem here. Not the cost of healthcare. Change yourself and you won't have to worry about such things (not as much anyways).

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

I'm not a lawyer, so there's another strike against your "knowledge". You should be able to get a refill of Prozac with your refill of Viagra thanks to the ACA and Medicare part D. Hooray for your hooker, he should be estatic.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog I knew it, just another ass hole lawyer, "sea Lawyer" that is.  Sorry to insult the human body this time.  

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

35 years in the trenches? Who are you Sgt York? You're just another typical cunservative blow-hard that laks about kicking people's asses, then hides behind thier gun. Oh, and the ACA doesn't provide insurance, it institutes guidelines for insurance companies like providing pscycho-therapy to cover your apparent mental issues. But you knew that already, right? You wouldn't just spout-off about something you didn't have knowledge of, right? I do love how you tried to make that blatant insult towards women not an insult by explaining it was ment as a adjective, not a noun. That was some beautiful Orwellian word-play right there.

ltpar
ltpar topcommenter

@BobLoblawsLawBlog Fortunately, I have my own private insurance and am not worried about Obamacare, even if a miracle occurs and it survives.  Don't plan on fighting anyone, unless the shit hits the fan.  After 35 years in the trenches fighting for a living, I don't do much turning the other cheek or curling up in a ball.  Don't worry about this conservative, me and my four brothers, Mr. Smith, Mr Wesson, Mr. Sig and Mr. Sauer will give a good accounting of ourselves.  Can you say the same, or are you all blow and no show?   If you are an attorney, I'd say the latter.    

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

It's a good thing the ACAcovers your mental illness and the severe beating a candy-assed cunservative like you will receive from anyone you attempt to fight. Do you just roll into a ball and let them kick you in the back or do you fight like a tru cunservative and just send someone else to do your fighting for you?

FishWithoutBicycle
FishWithoutBicycle

@vegandawg23 @FishWithoutBicycle @Frank07  

Now, why do you have to pick on me?...ha ha :-)

If you read some of my other comments about other posts, you might find I'm no so serious all the time...but I do take on causes that are not necessarily my own because I suppose it soothes my quixotic, bleeding heart a bit. It just bugs me the playing field is not level for everyone. Always has.

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