Axis: Covered CA open enrollment underway

Nonprofit making counselors available to help with questions, concerns

Open enrollment for Covered California health care plans has started, and Axis Community Health is offering assistance for those with questions or concerns.

The Covered California enrollment window began Oct. 15 and ends Jan. 15, 2019. In addition to having counselors on-hand to answer any questions, Axis officials will be hosting information sessions in Pleasanton, Dublin and Livermore.

"Health insurance can be confusing. If you have questions or concerns about enrolling we can help," said Paula Barriga, community relations manager for Axis. "An Axis enrollment counselor can help determine if someone is eligible for Medi-Cal, Covered California or CalFresh during a free enrollment assistance appointment."

Covered California provides plans from private insurance companies for qualifying U.S. citizens and documented immigrants. Individuals qualify if they make $48,560 or less, while for a family of four, the income limit is $100,400.

Pre-existing conditions will not bar applicants from coverage, and those eligible can receive financial assistance to help cover plan and service costs. In order to be covered by Jan. 1, applicants need to enroll by Dec. 15, and all plans purchased during the open enrollment period will last through the end of 2019.

"It's important that consumers not miss the three-month window for Covered CA or they may not have another opportunity to enroll," Barriga said.

Axis counselors are also available to help eligible locals enroll in Medi-Cal or renew Medi-Cal coverage. Medi-Cal eligibility is determined through income and other qualifying requirements -- the income limit is $16,754 for individuals and $34,638 for a family of four.

Medi-Cal enrollment is open year-round.

Counselors at the community health center are available for in-person assistance in both English and Spanish on Mondays through Fridays at sites in Livermore and Pleasanton. To set up an appointment, call 462-1755.

Additionally, Axis will be holding Covered CA information sessions in the upcoming weeks:

* Information table at Pleasanton Library, 400 Old Bernal Ave. -- Nov. 2 and Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Information table at Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza -- Nov. 5 and Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m.

* Information table at Las Positas College, 3000 Campus Hill Drive, Livermore -- Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Nov. 20 and Dec. 18, 1-3 p.m.

* Covered CA and Medi-Cal Basics presentation at Springtown Library, 998 Bluebell Drive, Livermore -- Nov. 27, 6:45-7:45 p.m.

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