Covered California Enrollment Events at the Concord Library

January 8, 2014 17:00 pm · 52 comments

Covered California Enrollment Events at the Concord Library.

Covered California is the new healthcare exchange marketplace created because of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.

Who can buy health insurance through Covered California? What are the benefits? How much will it cost? What about financial assistance?

Join representatives from Covered California’s Community Outreach Network to find the answers for you and your family.

Enrollment counselors will be on site to sign you up.

This event is open to the public.

Assistance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some translation services will be available for Spanish speakers.

Can’t make it? Explore or call 1-800-300-1506 for information or to sign up.


Concord Library 2900 Salvio and Parkside.

Saturday 1/18/14 10am – 3pm
Monday 2/3/14 5pm – 8pm
Thursday 3/20/14 5pm – 8pm

Elwood January 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

Mayor, why are you pimping for CoveredCa/Obamacare?

Are you hoping to get some of the millions of advertising dollars they’re spending in a fruitless pursuit of the “young invincibles”?

Always Right January 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

I am sure the folks working on this think they are doing good, but at the end of the day all they are doing is moving deck chairs on the Titanic.

Obamacare is worse than anyone had imagined. Democrats are panicking and Republicans are standing back watching this thing unravel.

anonmtz January 8, 2014 at 5:27 PM

Thank you Mr. Mayor for posting an informative, helpful assist for Claycordians still pondering how to make quality healthcare happen for themselves.

Elwood January 8, 2014 at 5:44 PM

@ anonmtz #3

“still pondering how to make quality healthcare happen for themselves.”

My advice? Keep pondering, ’cause Obamacare sure ain’t it.

unknown January 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

All medical decisions will be made by government employees and the IRS,
not you or your doctor!
If you like the way the Post Office and the Motor Vehicle Department is run, then you are Obama Care ready.

anonmtz January 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

4…..Glad that your knee still jerks………

claycordian January 8, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Shouldn’t the people bring a proof of citizenship or proof of being here legally?

Ted K., SuperMax January 8, 2014 at 6:46 PM


Btw, illegals are not eligible for Obamacare… or least they’re not supposed to be.

But I am sure the liberals will gladly give your money away to these thieves in due time. Wait for it.

jussayin January 8, 2014 at 7:00 PM

Checked into it and would have to spend over $8000.00 before Obama care would kick in

Bob Brittain January 8, 2014 at 8:44 PM

@ #9. That’s surprising. Sure you checked carefully? Maybe a phone call to Covered CA for a second opinion is advisable. Bet you can do way better than that.

mika January 8, 2014 at 8:51 PM

How would they know you’re illegal? How do you prove citizenship on line? Who do you show proof to, if at all?

Elwood January 8, 2014 at 9:37 PM

@ anonmtz #6

If I have to become a victim of Obamacare, that function will likely cease as well as all others.

VikingPrincess January 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

I’m calling it “Duck and Cover California”…yep…you heard it here first.

NotPC January 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

obamacare is yet another scam by the insurance companies. Why? Because big corporate lobbiests own congress and the white house, that’s why. What scares you is that it’s true.

It’s costing my family over $400 MORE to be insured than before this moronic boondogle. $400!!!! We were already having to work three jobs plus just to stay afloat before, now we are screwed.

We have started to look outside Taxifornia to the mid-west\south\southeast coast areas for work; we can dump one of our 401s to fund the move. It’ll be worth it to get outa this hell hole California has become. Insurance should be cheaper, along with housing and food. And, we’ll be able to buy a house again.

Thanks, obamacare.

4G January 8, 2014 at 10:37 PM

You are required to submit your ID to prove you are here legally.
You also need to submit your tax returns.
So, if you are here illegally, you can not buy health
insurance through the state exchange.

4G January 8, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Did you look into the state exchange ? A lot of people will be surprised to find out that they are eligible for tax credit.
For example you are eligible for tax credit if your income is
less than about $110,000 for a family of five.
Not too many people make that much.

Blink January 8, 2014 at 10:49 PM

Check it out for yourselves…don’t be intimidated

Yhe Phantom January 8, 2014 at 11:24 PM

“A hundred years from now, our descendants will still have a strong American government, and an Internal Revenue to collect taxes to maintain social programs that we fought for in the 1930’s, the 1960’s, and the 2010’s. They will live with Civil Rights, Social Security, and ObamaCare…though they will not remember us, they will remember the word Obama and no longer realize it was the last name of the first black President of the United States…there will have been others…and it will not matter anymore.” – the фантом

– Carry-on Coverage CA staff members. You are the real heroes and will remember this fine service for all the rest of your lives.

Yhe Phantom January 8, 2014 at 11:31 PM

“Our greatest insight is how we are all a part of a great society and a great civilization. As we, each of us, has climbed toward our summit of success; it is just and good that we reach back and lift others to the summit as others lifted us.” ~ Yhe фантом

Lawmakers recognized that approximately 80% of Americans already have insurance, of whom 54% are covered directly or indirectly through an employer, and 29% are covered by the government—mainly though Medicare and Medicaid.(44% and 23% above includes legal and illegals residents).

Location United States
Employer 49%
Individual 5%
Medicaid 16%
Medicare 13%
Other Public 1%
Uninsured 16%
Total 100%

“Now, I think the really interesting question is why it is that my friends in the other party have made the idea of preventing these people from getting health care their holy grail.

“Their number-one priority.

“The one unifying principle in the Republican Party at the moment is making sure that 30 million people don’t have health care; and presumably, repealing all those benefits I just mentioned — kids staying on their parents’ plan, seniors getting discounts on their prescription drugs, I guess a return to lifetime limits on insurance, people with pre-existing conditions continuing to be blocked from being able to get health insurance.” – President Barack Hussein Obama.

McYawnalds January 9, 2014 at 12:15 AM

Funny people parrot the dear leader’s party line(s).

It’s real simple.

We needed bipartisan healthcare reform; Chiefly, a nationally competitive marketplace. It should have stopped there. That would have been a huge improvement and garnered more bipartisan support.

We got a shady partisan socialist’s wet dream (foot in the door of controlling Americans – Howard Dean’s words, not mine – which will ease controls of every imaginable type into place at the tempo of news cycles for decades to come) slipped through Congress in a late hour Christmas Eve procedural farce theatre that only got that far via lies and deceit (ie Nebraska and tricking Nelson re abortion details), and nothing the dear leader does to dodge and blame will change this.

To say nothing of attempting to force the church to support BC against it’s stated morals, making cozy deals with big pharma, betraying voters (including me) who hold Kennedy Democrat values (information privacy, et al) and then the big lies about keeping your doctor & existing coverage. Wow. Hard to list it all. Must be their plan.

You parrots should be even more embarrassed; At least the crooks at the top are making out by screwing us… But what’s in it for you? Nothing anywhere near the loot trading hands behind the executive curtain and yet still, like good little underlings, you spend your personal time supporting the dear leader.

But the Republicans are the problem. Sure. Ok.


Utterly, wholly, irrevocably, pathetic.

Reality Says... January 9, 2014 at 1:17 AM

Yhe Phantom does not exist-valor exists.

. January 9, 2014 at 7:21 AM

@phandum #18….

You do know that BHO is half-black, right? Why do you keep trumpeting the race card?

JL January 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Does anyone know if you can sign up for Covered Calif if the insurance on the website is cheaper (with the tax credits) than your employers health insurance?

Anonymous January 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

Crap, I thought the phantom was hospitilized or something. Now I have waste time scrolling past his entries.

Silva January 9, 2014 at 8:01 AM

So.. maybe it’s worth checking out first & then deciding?

Silva January 9, 2014 at 8:02 AM

So.. maybe it’s worth checking out first & then deciding? Or should we just take your word for it that it’s completely worthless?

Anon Redux January 9, 2014 at 8:14 AM

ObamaCare is riddled with scandals. Take for example, President Obama’s “you can keep your Healthplan, Doctor, etc.,” lies. Or, the dishonest way it was passed through Congress, with zero Republican votes. Or, the waivers to unions and other powerful special interest groups. Or high costs that are causing employers to convert full-time jobs into part-time jobs. Or, new taxes, and IRS enforcers who are all too willing to cow tow to the left. ObamaCare simply represents all that is wrong with government today.

Doctor Dave January 9, 2014 at 8:16 AM

If you have a couple of hours I’ll start a list of alternatives to Obamacare that have been ignored by Dirty Hairy, the Wicked Witch of San Francisco, and the King himself. Here are the simplest, most real market oriented, solutions:

1. Free sale of insurance across state lines. Just as with automobile insurance you would, then, be able to pick and choose the coverage that best suits your needs.

2. Medical malpractice tort reform; “loser pays” at least in frivolous cases.

3. Tax exemptions for individual purchases exactly as for business purchases.

4. A federally funded “risk pool” for those at risk from pre-existing conditions.

How’s that? A 20 page bill, 40 pages of regulations.

But then the Democrats wouldn’t be able to tell me what doctor to see, when to see him, where to see him, and how often I am allowed to see him.

y’all have a WONDERFUL 2014 now, y’hear.

Defending the indefensible should keep you hoppin.

jussayin January 9, 2014 at 9:04 AM

That should be $800 a month

Pegasus January 9, 2014 at 9:30 AM

@ Anon Redux #27 & Doctor Dave 28 –
Excellent well written comments. Thanks.

(Are we still boycotting the liar?)

@JL January 9, 2014 at 10:04 AM

As far as I could tell when I looked- no. It looks like if you have employer-supplemented healthcare, even if it sucks and you have to pay a lot for it, you have to use that instead. I got the distinct impression that it was not-at-all meant to help middle class people like me.

Nuttsie the Nutter January 9, 2014 at 10:07 AM

@ NotPC, Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out. You need to move to Texas. Cheap living, wonderful bugs, high humidity, high temperatures and a super, wonderful governor that is only slightly deranged.

@unknown #5 and Doctor Dave. My doctor and I make all my decisions. I decide when to go, not the “government”. I decide who to see, not the “government”. I decide when to go, not the “government”.

@McYawnalds. Talk about parrots. You sound exactly like a script from Fox News.

Maybe you should listen to Silva, “So.. maybe it’s worth checking out first & then deciding?” But that would require you to think for yourselves, to actually research what you are talking about.

Is “Obamacare” perfect? Of course not. Does it need some tweaks? Yes. Should Republicans be willing to negotiate in ways other than to say, repeal, repeal? Yes, but I doubt that will happen. Like a 2 year old, if they don’t get their way they cry and scream. [Ted Cruze anyone]

JWB January 9, 2014 at 10:12 AM

@ #26

Let’s look at your alternatives:

1) This has been a number one on the insurance wish list for a long time. They hate these pesky state laws which require them behave in a certain way and free insurance sales accross state lines will allow them circumvent state laws by forcing you to buy insurance issued in insurance friendly states.

2) That should really improve health care by allowing providers to give substandard service without risk of malpractice liability?

3) Yes that will help those low income families without insurance, because it must had been that lack of tax deduction which prevented them from getting insurance in the past.

4) Now that sounds like a great idea, let’s have the profits go to insurance companies and the risks to the taxpayers.

Do you have any more brilliant ideas?

Noj January 9, 2014 at 10:27 AM

OK, here’s what happened to my family. The wife went to the Concord Library on December 14th for the Covered California presentation and she spoke with Karin Marriner, one of the hosts there. We had had a HIPPA plan through Anthem Blue Cross and were paying $1900.00 per month and were happy to even have that. Karin advised the wife on how to navigate the Covered California website and we found that the Silver Plan through Blue Shield was about $1450.00 per month. We signed up on the Covered California, received an email from Blue Cross instructing payment, made the payment and coverage kicked in on January 1st. The differnce between the HIPPA plan and our new Blue Shield plan is worth a mention. The old plan had a huge deductible on drugs, doctor visits, and was a 30/60 plan: $1900.00 per month folks. The new plan has a fixed deductible, which, once met gives complete coverage for us both. Listen, I didn’t vote for the Affirmative Action president either, but in this case the wife and I are very pleased with both the coverage and price. Saves us $500 per month. In our case, it worked just fine. By the way, Karin Marriner received no compensation from us for helping us navigate the system. We are very please with her service and our new plan.

Noj January 9, 2014 at 10:29 AM

1) “received an email from Blue SHIELD”

2)”30/70 plan”

…still wakin’ up…

JWB January 9, 2014 at 10:45 AM

oops sorry obviously my previous post should have been @28

and even under Obamacare just as in the pre Obamacare world it is not the Democrats who make the decision on who, where, and what to see. It will continue to be the insurance companies who will make that decision.

@JL January 9, 2014 at 11:18 AM

You can opt out from your insurance offered by
your employer, if it is not affordable.( pls check the

@JL January 9, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I found the guideline, “You may be eligible if the employer plan does not cover at least 60% of covered benefits, or the employee share of the premium exceeds 9.5% of the employee’s income.”.

ClayDen January 9, 2014 at 11:57 AM

@Nuttsie the Nutter

“Nut” is a good description of your post.

Your second comment should read “as of today.” That is going to change with the IRS in charge of enforcement and the government deciding when you will receive a pain killer rather than treatment when you get “old.”

Fox news is not a problem, and neither is Senator Cruz (please note the correct spelling). I suspect MSNBC is your preferred “news” source. Of course they are totally unbiased (about as much as Queen Nancy and Prince Harry).

ClayDen January 9, 2014 at 11:59 AM

@JWB 33

There are already malpractice award limits in California to keep the cost of malpractice insurance down.

Free for Illegals January 9, 2014 at 1:53 PM

Illegals can sign up at the event after they register to vote Democratic.

Not PC ever January 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

@32 As a matter of fact, the great state of Texas is high on our list. Lower taxes, ability to carry concealed without worry, reasonable climate (NE portion), WAY lower cost of living\housing, rain\t-storms, jobs, people that aren’t looking to stab you in the back for the least little gain, state leaders looking to disallow illegals so citizens can work, and lower insurance costs for everything . . .

I only hope it happens soon.

IEatBabyUnicorns January 9, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Love how the Concord library has become the event location for all things benefitting illegal immigrants. How about teaching them to read in English…

Shelly January 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

#42; Texas sounds like paradise! What are you waiting for?

dinkydau January 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM

I got Medicare and Plan B, so I pay about $300 something a month. If I got Covered California, according to my age, income and zip code, I would be paying over $600 a month. I got lots of bills and could not afford $300 more. I would just not sign up and pay the penalty.
Affordable healthcare? Well to me and for me, its a big joke!

IEatBabyUnicorns January 9, 2014 at 8:08 PM

Wait til all these “covered california” recipients find out obama wasn’t hooking them up with free healthcare.
Free healthcare is only for non-citizens.

Yhe Phantom January 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

dinkydau January 9, 2014 at 7:41 PM
“I got Medicare and Plan B, so I pay about $300 something a month. If I got Covered California, according to my age, income and zip code, I would be paying over $600 a month. I got lots of bills and could not afford $300 more. I would just not sign up and pay the penalty.
Affordable healthcare? Well to me and for me, its a big joke!”

– find somebody to help you through the process, you are doing it wrong…your experience is impossible…anyone can see that.

Yhe Phantom January 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

ObamaScare Tactics:

6. Often, they make wild and stupid claims and then expect others to prove them wrong. They believe this makes an intelligent argument, when in fact; all they are doing is making wild and stupid claims, (see Factoid below***).
7. Often, they demand repeating explanations where definitive proof has been presented, pretending the information is not correct. Respond as appropriate or ignore these. Point out the loop argument.

*** A factoid is a questionable or spurious (unverified, false, or fabricated) statement presented as a fact, but without supporting evidence. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context.[1] The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as “an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact”.[2]

@45 January 9, 2014 at 10:32 PM

If you are over 65, you are not eligible to buy policies with
tax credit through the state health exchange.

@dinkydau January 9, 2014 at 11:53 PM

You are confused. If you are eligible for Medicare, you do not buy insurance on the Covered California exchange. Covered California is not for people on Medicare.

@IEatBabyUnicorns January 10, 2014 at 12:04 AM

Oh dear. Is that what you thought? You need to stop reading right-wing blogs and get your news from reliable sources. Nobody thought insurance was going to be free on the exchanges.

We all understand that Obamacare means that nobody can be turned down due to pre-existing conditions, you can’t get dropped by your insurance company when you get sick, no more “junk” policies, and everybody has to buy insurance instead of freeloading off the rest of us that do pay for insurance. Plus the working poor get some help with premiums.

Sounds good to me.

Jess January 10, 2014 at 12:20 AM

JL #23,

You asked if you can buy insurance on the exchange if it’s cheaper than your employer coverage. Here’s the answer on the website:

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