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Affordable Care Act Into Classrooms

Published: March 3, 2014

A new CSULB program is reaching into classrooms across the campus to help inform students about the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Organizers hope to reach 60 classrooms and more than 1,000 students before the open enrollment for the program ends on Monday, March 31.

CSULB coordinators are conducting educational outreach to inform students and their families about enrollment options for the federal Patient Protection and ACA through California’s health exchange, Covered California. The effort is part of the California State University (CSU) Health Insurance Education Project (HIEP), a grant-funded program housed at California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA), aimed at informing the CSU community about enrollment options.

CSULB coordinators can be reached at hiep.csulb@gmail.com, and others involved in the campus effort have stated a goal of reaching as many students as possible, especially those who are uninsured, which is estimated at 30 percent of CSULB students. When those paying full price and those able to stay on parental insurance longer are included, more than 50 percent of CSULB students could benefit from the ACA.

“Life throws some strange curves at us, no matter what age we are. It’s so important to be able to know you can go to the doctor for a broken wrist, an ear infection or after a car accident,” said Selena Nguyen-Rodriguez,” a member of the Health Science Department and faculty supervisor for CSULB campus coordinators. “This is the first time we can all get access to health insurance coverage. Finding out how to enroll is a first step to making sure you’re covered for whatever curves life throws your way.”

Covered California is the new online marketplace for affordable, quality health insurance. It helps people compare health insurance plans; determine how much financial assistance may be available to them; learn about their options, benefits and costs; and actually purchase insurance. Enrollment in Covered California and insurance under both Medi-Cal and Covered California has already begun.

CSU HIEP is a joint CSU/CSULA project to educate CSU students, their families and campus staffs about the new health insurance law and the opportunity it offers many in the CSU community to get affordable health insurance. HIEP has representatives on 15 CSU campuses. To connect with a representative on a CSU campus, call the CSULA Department of Public Health at 323/343-4635.

For more information on Covered California go to http://www.calstate.edu/coveredca/.

–Ken Swisher