Health Care

March 21, 2014

At Fresno State, UFW co-founder Dolores Huerta calls for health insurance signups

Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers, told students Friday at Fresno State that the Affordable Care Act is "history-making."

Huerta added that if the students want to give the late Cesar Chavez a gift on March 31 -- his birthday and the deadline to enroll in insurance plans -- "go out there and help us out and get people signed up."

Huerta is speaking at two events at Fresno State on Friday.

This morning, she appeared in a sociology class, "Diversity in the United States," where she joined Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee to discuss the state's marketplace for the federal Affordable Care Act.

This afternoon, Huerta will speak at the Latina Leadership Conference, which runs from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kremen Education Building as part of the university's Women's Herstory Month observance.

Earlier this month, Huerta made radio and online ads aimed at promoting Covered California to Latinos, who represent about 60% of the state’s uninsured population. Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ends March 31 -- which is also Cesar Chavez Day honoring the late co-founder of the UFW.


Covered California, Medi-Cal enrollment events

Today, 8 a.m. to noon, Bullard High School, 5445 N. Palm Ave.; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fresno Fairgrounds Gem and Minerals Building, 1121 S. Chance Ave.; 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Fresno Central Library, 2420 Mariposa St.

March 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. WeConnect Event, Fresno Fairgrounds.

Link to Covered California:

Covered California hours of operation

Covered California will be open the last two weekends in March to help people enroll in health insurance plans. The state's health benefit exchange will staff telephones from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Call centers also will be open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on March 31, the state holiday for Cesar Chavez's birthday and the deadline to enroll in health insurance plans to avoid a tax penalty this year. Covered California: (800) 300-1506.

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