This Monday morning, Covered California is embarking on a nine-day, 21-city bus tour through the state to highlight the beginning of open enrollment to take advantage of new health insurance options and financial assistance to get covered.
I’m excited to be at the 8am launch in Sacramento at the State Capitol, and to get on the bus for at least a portion of the ride, tweeting and posting some thoughts during this week leading up to the first few days of open enrollment — a three-month window of time from Nov. 15 to Feb. 15 when Californians who need insurance cannot be turned away by health insurance companies and when many can get federal subsidies to dramatically lower their cost of coverage.
On the bus will be Peter Lee and other leaders of Covered California, and community partners and elected officials will make appearances at enrollment events and storefronts to encourage uninsured Californians to obtain health coverage during the open-enrollment period through Covered California.
The tour will include stops in Petaluma, Gilroy, Fresno, San Bernardino, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Salinas, Chico and Redding, as well as stops in major cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego.
So we hope partners join in on the tour, and more importantly start to tell their communities about the opportunity for the peace of mind that comes with coverage.