WHC hosts health insurance workshop

From West Hills College

A free workshop for students and community members interested in applying for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) process is being hosted by West Hills College at its North District Center, Firebaugh on April 16.

 The workshop, sponsored by the Insure America Project, will also provide information and help signing up for low cost health insurance and will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“I think it’s important to bring resources like this out to the west side that are free and affordable,” said Mali Flood, a financial aid coordinator at NDC who has helped to coordinate the event alongside NDC Director Bertha Felix-Mata.

The DACA program grants temporary relief from deportation and benefits including a social security number, a work permit and potential eligibility for healthcare coverage. San Joaquin College of Law, the Mexican Consulate, West Hills College and Insure America Project attorneys and staff will be on hand to provide information and assist with applications.

Clinica Sierra Vista will also be providing enrollment services for Medi-Cal and Covered California Health Insurance based on upcoming changes to Medi-Cal. In May 2016, the State of California will be expanding the Medi-Cal program to include undocumented children under the age of 19, if the family meets income requirements. Currently, these children are only eligible for restricted-scope or emergency Medi-Cal. Parents may enroll their children now under the existing program and be automatically transitioned to full scope Medi-Cal when the program is expanded in May. 

For additional information, please contact Manuel Cunha or Jeanette Ishii at Insure America Project at (559) 573-8053.

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