Deadline extended to April 15 for students to enroll for health insurance through 'Covered CA'

  • April 1, 2014 4:00pm

The deadline for Cal State East Bay students to enroll for health insurance through Covered California (also known as "Covered CA") has been extended until Tuesday, April 15. The Affordable Care Act requires that every person have health insurance coverage.

To assist students interested in enrolling in and/or learning more about the Covered CA program, representatives of the CSU Health Insurance Education Project will be available in the Wellness Room of the RAW Center on the Hayward campus of CSUEB to meet with students from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2; from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8; and 1 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9.

"Covered CA" is the new online marketplace for affordable, quality health insurance. At CoveredCA.com you can:

  • Compare health insurance plans
  • Determine how much financial assistance you may receive
  • Learn about your options, benefits and costs
  • Purchase your insurance

It is very likely that students will be eligible for one of two low-cost or free health insurance options. Some students and their families will be eligible for substantial assistance in paying health insurance premiums if they purchase insurance through Covered California.  Depending on their income and the type of coverage they select, insurance may cost students and their families as little as $5 to $10 a month.

Estelle Ulanday Davis, CSUEB campus coordinator for the CSU Health Insurance Education Project, said that Covered CA offers government-reduced rates, and for some students who qualify, free health insurance through Medi-Cal.

The CSU Health Insurance Education Project (HIEP) is a joint CSU/CSULA project to educate CSU students, their families and campus staffs about the new health insurance law and the opportunity it offers many in the CSU community to get affordable health insurance.

Questions about the CSU Health Insurance Education projects can be directed via e-mail to HealthInsuranceEducationEB@gmail.com or via the Web site http://calstate.edu/coveredca. Information also is available via Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/422855544518545/.

-- Barry Zepel

California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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