5 Million Californians are still Uninsured.”
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act also known as “Obamacare” was passed giving 3.2 million Americans access to affordable healthcare. Unfortunately, 4 million Americans are not covered by this law and still do not have health insurance, and this poses Big Problems for many Americans.
Uninsured Americans are…
- Less likely to schedule visits with doctors or healthcare providers
- Less likely to have access to medication and treatments for diseases
- Less likely to vaccinate or treat their children for diseases
- More at risk for death/dying prematurely
- More likely to have housing insecurity, credit card debt, bankruptcy, and high medical costs.
- More likely to be absent from work, leave their jobs, and retire early because of poor health
When Americans are left uninsured it has a negative effect on all our Communities! More uninsured people go to emergency services for healthcare which leads to longer wait times, exhausted resources, and overall lower quality of healthcare. Healthcare providers and insurance companies also raise premiums and medical fees on insured members to make up for losses in from emergency care. Overall public health for children and families in California is compromised when millions of their neighbors do not have vaccinations for their children and lack of healthcare can lead to outbreaks of preventable diseases like measles or influenza. Healthcare needs to be available to all Americans in order to have a safe, happy, and healthy communities.
What’s the Solution? SB4!”
Undocumented Americans are part of the 4 million people who are uninsured, but still contribute greatly to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of American society. In 2010 alone, Undocumented Californians paid over $2.2 billion in state and local taxes and make up nearly 9% of the state workforce. Shouldn’t all Californians who live in our neighborhoods, work in our stores and business, and raise their families in our schools have equal access to quality healthcare and live happy and healthy lives? State Bill 4 (SB4) proposed by California State Senator Ricardo Lara, aims to provide all Californians with access to affordable and quality healthcare regardless of their immigration status.
SB 4 will provide…”
- MediCal for all low-income Californians (regardless of immigration status)!
- Extend the Covered California marketplace to Undocumented Californians or create a new market place for them to shop for affordable health insurance!
SB4 will cost just an extra 2 cents to the dollar of what California already spends on Medi-Cal.
To learn more about State Bill 4 (SB4) visit Senator Ricardo Lara’s website http://sd33.senate.ca.gov/health4all or The California Immigrant Policy Center: http://www.caimmigrant.org/what-we-do/healthcare/
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Where can I enroll/get more info on Affordable Health Insurance?
Long Beach Dept. of Health & Human Services
2525 Grand Ave Long Beach, CA 90815
St. Mary’s Medical Center: Families in Good Health
411 East 10th st. #207 Long Beach, CA 90813
United Cambodian Community
2201 E Anaheim st. Long Beach, CA 90804
MediCal Application online: