California Assemblyman Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) will host Saturday a town hall meeting in Rosemead to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and how to qualify for financial assistance. The town hall will start at 1 p.m. at the Garvey Community Center.
An estimated 49,000 residents in the western San Gabriel Valley do not have health insurance, according to Chau. “I encourage everyone to attend to learn about who is eligible to enroll, availability of financial assistance, what is covered, and expanded Medi-Cal coverage,” Chau said in a press release.
Covered California, the state's new marketplace for comparing and buying health insurance, launched on Oct. 1. Residents who are not currently covered by employer or government insurance plans — approximately 5.3 million Californians according to New America Media — can purchase plans based on income and age.
Covered California plans are available for single residents who earn up to $44,680 annually and families of four who earn up to $93,700. Individuals who earn less than $15,856 or families that earn less than $32,499 qualify for federal health insurance benefits through the expanded Medi-Cal program.
Coverage purchased through the Affordable Care Act will not be implemented until Jan. 1, 2014, but health and social organizations are encouraging California residents to register now.
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The Garvey Community Center is located at 9108 Garvey Ave., Rosemead, Calif., 91770.