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Covered California Awards $37 Million in Grants for Outreach and Education

On May 14, 2013, Covered California announced it will be awarding $37 million in grants to 48 organizations for outreach and education efforts to individuals and small businesses. “Together, we can significantly strengthen our effort to ensure as many Californians as possible are aware of and are enrolled in the new health insurance options this fall for coverage beginning January 1, 2014.” said Executive Director Peter Lee. According to the press release, this will be accomplished through the development of educational partnerships that support outreach and education in communities where likely enrollees are located.

Outreach and Education

Covered California aims to reach Californians through outreach and education, to ensure that access to affordable health care is available for individuals and small businesses. With the awarded grants, Covered California’s goal is to increase awareness of new benefits, educate targeted populations about available subsidy programs, and encourage individuals and small businesses to participate in the health insurance exchange.

The number of Californians eligible for individual insurance is projected to be 5.3 million, with half identified as eligible for financial assistance with their premiums. Grant recipients will reach an estimated 9 million individuals and more than 200,000 small businesses. The largest group potentially eligible for federal subsidies is California’s Latino community, which is the target of 37 outreach and education grants. Caucasians are the next largest group, with 24 grants;  African Americans, 24 grants; Middle-Eastern, 11 grants; and Asian-Pacific Islander communities with 20 grants. A detailed list is available at www.hbex.ca.gov.

Organizations that were not awarded grants, may apply to Covered California’s Assisters Program to become Assister Enrollment Entities. Interested organizations can also become part of Covered California’s Community Outreach Network.

See the full press release here


Individual Funding: Access California Services

Anaheim Health Medical Center Foundation

Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Bienestar Human Services, Inc.

Cal State LA University Auxiliary Services, Inc.

California Black Health Network

California Council of Churches

California Health Collaborative

California NAACP

California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc.

California School Health Centers Association

Catholic Charities of California, Inc.

Central Valley Health Network

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles

Community Health Councils

Council of Community Clinics

East Bay Agency for Children

Fresno Health Communities Access Partners

Infoline of San Diego (2-1-1 San Diego)

John Wesley Community Health (JWCH) Institute

Loma Linda University Medical Center

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Los Angeles Unified School District

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte, Inc.

Redwood Community Health Coalition

Sacramento Employment and Training Agency

San Bernardino Employment and Training Agency


Santa Cruz County Human Services DepartmentSEIU Local 521

SEIU United Long Term Care Workers

Services Center

Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), San Diego

Solano Coalition for Better Health

St. Francis Medical Center of Lynwood Foundation

The Actors Fund

The East Los Angeles Community Union

The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community  Services Center

The Regents of the University of California

UC Davis, Center for Reducing Health Disparities

United Ways of California

University of Southern California

Valley Community Clinic

Ventura County Public Health

Visión y Compromiso


Small Business Funding:

California Asian Pacific Chamber of Commerce

California Association of Non-Profits

California Hispanic Chambers of commerce Foundation

California Small Business Education Foundation

Small Business Majority


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