California Endowment awards $9.2 million to help residents navigate Obamacare

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The California Endowment has announced a $9.2 million grant to the Health Consumer Alliance to help Californians navigate new public and private health coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act.

The alliance, a statewide partnership of legal aid organizations, will use the funds to help consumers identify and apply for health coverage programs and provide assistance related to eligibility, appeals, and benefits. The grant, part of the endowment's campaign to educate Californians about the new healthcare law and enroll those eligible in public and private health insurance plans, will be matched with $3.4 million in federal funds from Covered California, the state's insurance marketplace.

"With Covered California set to open for enrollment in October and the state's Medi-Cal expansion under way, millions of uninsured and underinsured Californians will be newly eligible for affordable, quality health coverage," said California Endowment president and CEO Robert K. Ross. "Successful implementation of Obamacare will depend on getting Californians enrolled. Our commitment, along with Covered California's, will help them access and understand their options through community-based assistance provided by Health Consumer Alliance.”

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