October marks the official launch of the implementation of health care reform for residents in Contra Costa County. For people who are uninsured or underinsured, now is the time to find out if the Affordable Care Act can help provide you with insurance coverage and reduced costs for premiums.
You can find out general information on the new law at www.HealthCare.gov
. The website has a wealth of resources that can help you determine if you are eligible for a subsidy or tax credit to reduce your costs.
If you're ready to start shopping and comparing plans, visit www.CoveredCA.com
, the State of California's online marketplace for health insurance. You'll find calculators to assist you in plotting the range of options that will be right for you and your family.
If you'd like help in determining what plans make sense for you, or even just want assistance navigating the Covered CA website, pick up the phone and call 1-800-300-1506. Customer service agents are ready to take your calls between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays. They'll give you as much time as you need to help you clearly understand your options and make the choices that are best for you. You may be talking to a friend or neighbor when you call. Contra Costa County is proud to be the only County in California that staffs a health care reform call center for Covered CA. 140 agents from throughout our region have been hired and trained to provide guidance for the Affordable Care Act.
Contra Costa County's Library has created an online guide
packed with information about the health care law, how to get coverage and more.
Contra Costa County's Health Services Department offers a number of resources for you online as well. Visit its Affordable Care Act webpage.
There will be many enrollment and education events tied to health care reform in the coming weeks. Information about events in Contra Costa County will be shared on this website.