Want to enroll in Medi-Cal or Covered California? The Long Beach health department can help.

Long Beach officials announced Thursday that its health department is offering enrollment assistance for those who may be eligible Medi-Cal and Covered California.

This city’s help is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at 562-570-7979. Callers will have access to certified enrollment counselors who speak English, Spanish and Khmer; they also have access to Tagalog and several other languages, officials said. Those interested can also submit questions to [email protected]

Covered California

People who sign up through Covered California will have access to private health insurance plans, officials said. Monthly premiums will be significantly lower for an estimated 2.5 million Californians due to a $3 billion “infusement” of health care subsidies from the federal American Rescue Plan, according to city officials.

Additionally, individuals receiving Unemployment Insurance Benefits will receive extra financial help to lower monthly premiums and out-of-pocket costs by purchasing a Bronze level coverage for as little as $1 per month, according to city officials. After selecting a plan, the person’s coverage would begin on the first day of the following month.

Covered California announced that all eligible consumers will be able to enroll throughout the end of this year.

Medi-Cal

Consumers who sign up through CoveredCA.com may find out that they are eligible for no- or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal, which they can enroll in online using the same website. Those eligible for Medi-Cal can have coverage that is immediately effective.

California has halted Medi-Cal renewal reviews and discontinuances through the end of the public health emergency to ensure that those already enrolled can continue their coverage.

Medical attention before health insurance activates

If you have an illness that requires medical attention before your health care coverage activates, you can visit the Rapid Assessment Clinic, a free clinic that provides assessment and treatment for common ailments like earaches and urinary tract infections, officials said.

The RAC at Long Beach City College Pacific Coast Campus (1305 E. Pacific Coast Highway) is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with no appointment needed.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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