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City of West Hollywood launches educational campaign for health coverage

WEST HOLLYWOOD -- The City of West Hollywood has launched the next phase of its campaign to engage, educate and enroll eligible community members for health care insurance. The “Uncovered” campaign features specially-designed images to reach out in a targeted way to the West Hollywood community.

"We wanted outreach materials that would be slightly edgy and would get people’s attention to help ensure that as many West Hollywood residents as possible can secure health care coverage,” said Mayor Abbe Land, who is also a longtime health care advocate.

"Many in our community are already covered either through private insurance or government programs, but we also have a large population of young adults who are working in jobs or industries that don’t always provide consistent or comprehensive coverage,” Land said. "We want to make sure that all of our community members have access to all the information and support they need to make the most informed decisions possible when it comes to their health insurance."

The City says it is committed to providing resources and education opportunities for its residents.

Covered California is the place to go for California residents to get information and the various plans and options, utilize budget calculators and enroll for health care coverage. Coverage will become effective Jan. 1. Open enrollment will take place through March 31, 2014. For more information, click HERE or call 1-800-300-1506. TTY for the hearing impaired is 1-888-889-5406.

The City is partnering with several local agencies to connect residents to education specialists and certified enrollers including the LA Gay & Lesbian Center; Actor's Fund; and AIDS Project Los Angeles.

The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center is able to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and will soon be able to assist in the enrollment process. For more information, click HERE or call 323-993-7500, and choose option 4.

Actor’s Fund Workshops on Health Care Reform – These are free weekly workshops open to everyone in the visual/performing arts and entertainment industries. The workshops take place every Monday at 11 am and the first Wednesday of every month at 1:30 pm. To RSVP, email AHIRCHealthReform@gmail.com. For more information, call 323-933-9244.

AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) can also provide information and assistance in the enrollment process. Call 213-201-1615 or click HERE.

For more information on the Affordable Care Act, contact Corri Planck, Social Services Program Administrator, at 323-848-6430 or click HERE.