Health care outreach event draws enrollees in Merced County

aibarra@mercedsunstar.comMarch 12, 2014 

More than 120 individuals were enrolled for either Covered California or Medi-Cal last week during an Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment event put on by several Merced-area nonprofit organizations and public agencies.

According to Isai Palma, the administrative coordinator for Building Healthy Communities, volunteers answered the questions of about 200 people at Saturday’s event in Merced.

Some of the most popular questions were whether individuals would be eligible for dental and vision coverage, and if they would be able to keep their current insurance provider under health care reform.

“A lot of people were very happy that we were able to answer their questions,” Palma said. “Overall, it was a good event. There were some instances when we had some downtime. It would be ideal to have the place packed, but hopefully that will be the case in future events.”

Golden Valley Health Centers will host a similar outreach and enrollment event from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 821 Texas Ave., Los Banos.

Organizers recommend that those who plan to attend take their latest income tax returns along with their W-2 and a source of identification, such as a Social Security card, California ID, green card or U.S Citizenship Naturalization Certificate.

Outreach events are organized in an effort to raise enrollment numbers in Merced County. The enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act is March 31.

Those interested in receiving more information can go to or call ( 209) 385-5490.

Sun-Star staff writer Ana B. Ibarra can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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