WE Connect Health Care Fair Brings Enrollment Aid To Long Beach

WE Connect Fair

Residents connect with Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach

As the health care marketplace open enrollment window commenced yesterday, The California Endowment and Long Beach Building Healthy Communities in partnership with the City of Long Beach encouraged young adults and the uninsured to enroll in Medi-Cal and private insurance plans. Nearly 600 Long Beach residents attended Saturday’s WE Connect Health Care Enrollment and Resource Fair, where they accessed various resources including health coverage renewal and enrollment support, medical services, financial advising and a healthy grocery giveaway.

The WE Connect Health Care Enrollment and Resources Fair is part of The Endowment’s Asegúrate campaign, an outreach and enrollment effort aimed at engaging low-income Latinos and getting them enrolled into health coverage. Local and state partners joined forces at David Starr Jordan High School in Long Beach to empower families to lead healthier and more financially secure lives.

Community partners – including LA Care, Families in Good Health, and Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition – provided free access to resources that helped consumers identify and enroll in health insurance programs, including Medi-Cal, as well as additional programs like CalFresh, and free preventive medical screenings. This WE Connect event included an immigrant resources hub that provided information to young adults that are eligible to receive Medi-Cal coverage through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

Long Beach Building Healthy Communities and the City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services targeted youth and additional vulnerable populations to encourage them to make health a priority, now that Open Enrollment has commenced. According to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, 19-34 year olds make up 42 percent of the uninsured population.

“Many Long Beach young adults face challenges to leading healthy lives that are out of their control,” explains Long Beach Building Healthy Communities Program Manager, Jennifer Chheang.  “By connecting our youth and our families with free or low-cost quality health coverage and financial resources, they can begin to overcome these barriers and set themselves on paths to success.”

Now that the state’s marketplace is officially open, Californians now can gain much needed coverage. From private plans to county-level coverage options and Medi-Cal, which continually enrolls applicants, Long Beach residents now have help accessing the tools to focus on their health and well being.

“We’re making Long Beach a better community by making sure that we’re healthy. Helping our neighbors use available resources gives them a helping hand when they need it” says Kelly Colopy, director of the City of Long Beach Health Department. “Making your health a priority before it becomes an emergency makes Long Beach a stronger city. Programs like Medi-Cal, DACA, and Covered California make it easier for residents to do so.”

It’s Time. Get Covered.

Blog Post by Robert K. Ross, M.D.
President and CEO, The California Endowment
October 1, 2013

Today is a day for the history books. Obamacare enrollment has arrived, and millions of uninsured Americans will have access to affordable, quality health care.

There are still voices in Washington fighting to take that away, but we are ready to take them head on and do our part to realize the promise of Obamacare for every American who stands to gain from the law.

Ajay Lawson, a 20 year-old student with asthma, is one of those Americans. Even though Ajay is relatively young and healthy, she still has medical needs due to her condition. And every time she has complications, she tries to avoid going doctor (or worse, the emergency room), because she can’t afford to pay.

Like millions of uninsured Americans, Ajay tries to avoid the doctor when she’s sick. Today, for many of those Americans, things are going to change.

In California, nearly 1.7 million lower-income Californians will gain access to Medi-Cal, where they can get low- to no-cost health coverage. Another 2.6 million Californians will be eligible for financial help to purchase private health insurance through our state’s marketplace, Covered California. And millions more will benefit from consumer protections that ban discrimination because of pre-existing conditions and eliminate yearly limits on coverage.

California has led the way in implementing these changes, and today, we’re ready to hit the ground running. That’s why I want to put yesterday’s debates aside and focus on what truly matters: getting Californians covered.

Obamacare is putting health coverage within reach for people who can’t afford it. Now, it’s up to us to get informed, get enrolled, and get covered. Almost everyone knows someone who needs insurance. And for the promise of Obamacare to succeed, everyone needs to do their part to reach every eligible person who can benefit.

Click here to continue reading the piece in its entirety on Huffington Post.

Get Covered Sons & Brothers


Youth across California make short videos to raise awareness of Obamacare and encourage all Californians to Get Covered!

Long Beach, Calif. (September 19, 2013) – No one is invincible without health insurance. But most young men across California don’t know that.

So young men across the state–from Fresno to Oakland to Long Beach–made these videos to get the word out to other young men about how and why they should get covered under Obamacare.

The videos range from raps to animations to dramatizations. They’re all about two minutes or less.

“Young people have a log going on and getting health insurance probably isn’t at the tope of their list,” said Daniel Zingale, Senior Vice President at The California Endowment. “But it’s essential. Accidents can happen and no one is invincible without insurance. It’s time for all Californains to get covered and lead a healthy life.”

Covered California, the state’s health insurance market place, opens October 1. Californians will be able to call 1-800-300-1506 or got to www.GetCoveredCa.com to get information about affordable health insurance options. Spanish speakers can go to www.Asegurate.com.

Here are a few of the videos:

Stop Playing With Your Life: Young Men in Merced take to the streets to spread the word about Obamacare with this new song and beat! Check it out.

The SVU That Hits You Will Be Covered: Will You Be?: Richmond and LA resident Will Haynes tells it like it is to young sons & brothers across the state. Get Covered!

I Was Invincible. Until I Wasn’t: You never want to be in the situation this young man from Long Beach describes. Get Covered and you won’t be.

“A big congratulations to all the young people who created these videos,” said Zingale. “California needs your creativity and passion to spread the word about this important moment in California–when all Californians can finally purchase affordable insurance.”

The videos were created as part of a summer time video project called “Get Covered Sons & Brothers! No one is invincible without health insurance.” The California Endowment provided $1,000 grants to community groups and young men across the state to create the videos. Most of the young men who made the videos are part of The California Endowments’s Building Healthy Communities initiative. The Endowment also has a Sons & Brothers initiative to improve the health and well-being of young men of color.


About The California Endowment
The California Endowment, a private, statewide health foundation, was established in 1996 to expand access to affordable, quality health care for underserved individuals and communities, and to promote fundamental improvements in the health status of all Californians. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, The Endowment has regional offices in Sacramento, Oakland, Fresno and San Diego, with program staff working throughout that state. The Endowment challenges the conventional wisdom that medical settings and individual choices are solely responsible for people’s health. Through its ‘Health Happens Here’ campaign and ten-year initiative for Building Healthy Communities, The Endowment is creating places where children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. At its core, The Endowment believes that health happens in neighborhoods, schools, and with prevention. For more information, visit The California Endowment’s homepage at www.calendow.org.

About Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach
Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach is committed to building a community where: health care and prevention resources are available for all children, school attendance increases, the childhood obesity epidemic is reversed and youth violence is reduced. Everyday, policy decisions are made that shape our communities and the way they look, feel and impact us. Ultimately, these policies impact our health and we’re here to make sure that working together and building community leadership, we can make the right decisions for our communities. For more information, visit Building Healthy Communities: Long Beach’s website: www.bhclongbeach.org.

About Asegurate
Asegurate, or “Get Covered”, is a multi-year bilingual outreach and enrollment campaign designed to educate Latino and lower-income Californians about Obamacare and to drive them to enroll in Medi-Cal or private insurance through Covered California, the state’s health benefits marketplace. The campaign’s target audience represents groups with the highest percentage of uninsured. The campaign includes a major Spanish-language media partnership among Univision, Telemundo, and La Opinion-impreMedia, who are among the nation’s largest Spanish-language media outlets; The California Endowment, a private foundation advocating for health and health equity; and Covered California. Together, the three media partners reach nearly 100 percent of the state’s Latino population–approximately 15 million Californians–using television and print reporting, public service announcements, documentaries, and digital media. To learn more, visit www.GetCoveredCA.org.

BHC Fit Starts June 13th! Sign-Up Now!

BHC Fit is a program that seeks to motivate Long Beach community members to make personal, healthy lifestyle changes through education and access to different free or low-cost recreational resources.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide education on healthy eating and food choices;
  • Provide resources to free or low-cost neighborhood based fitness opportunities;
  • Provide opportunities for fun fitness activities to promote healthy people and healthy lifestyles.
Sign up for FREE here:

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BHC Fit is made possible in partnership with the Long Beach Alliance for Food and Fitness.

Flyer in English

BHC Fit es un programa que busca motivar a miembros de la comunidad de Long Beach para hacer cambios de estilo de vida sano y personal a través de la educación y el acceso a diferentes recursos gratis o a bajo costo.

Los objetivos del programa son:

  • Proporcionar educación sobre opciones saludables de comer y alimentos;
  • Proporcionar recursos gratuitos o de bajo costo basados en oportunidades en su comunidad;
  • Proporcionar oportunidades para actividades divertidas y promover personas y estilos de vida saludables.
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