Significant changes for the country, including Pasadena, begin Jan. 1, 2014 when the Affordable Care Act takes effect. For about 36,000 people in the greater Pasadena region currently without insurance, this could mean improved access to health care options.
“Covered California,” a statewide insurance exchange service, is available to help Californians understand insurance options, coverage and costs. Here are some important things to know:
• Most people 18 and older will be required to have health insurance.
• Adults no longer will be denied insurance due to preexisting health conditions such as asthma or diabetes.
• Financial help for people who qualify will be available.
• Covered California begins October 1, 2013.
• Legal California residents without health insurance will be eligible to purchase health insurance during open enrollment from October 1, 2013 to March 30, 2014.
This is a challenging time to understand all the details of the Affordable Care Act. The Pasadena Public Health Department, along with Young & Healthy, Bill Moore Clinic, ChapCare and Huntington Hospital are creating a plan to help our community with these changes. Visit www.coveredca.com for more information or call Young & Healthy at (626) 795-5166.