Local help to sign up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act

acawebsiteMillions have reportedly tried to sign up for health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act, but major computer problems have prevented sign-ups. While computer experts from all over the country work on the problems, there is help locally in Inyo and Mono.

Social Services and Health Departments do have people ready to help citizens figure out the health care situation. In Inyo County, you can call Health and Human Services and ask for help with the Affordable Care Act. Officials say trained staff will walk you through the process. The number to call is 760-872-1394.

The other option is to contact California’s service online that leads to Affordable Care Act sign-ups. It’s called Covered California. Local officials say that this computer system works well. The internet address is www.coveredca.com. Or you can call 1-800-300-1506. This service helps you compare policies and download applications.

In Mono County, you can contact Social Services where personnel will help. Francie Avitia said that the Department will evaluate people and see what they are eligible for. Social Services handles all Medi-Cal and Affordable Care Act questions. Avitia said staff does a short screening of individuals and offers help. Call 760-924-1770.

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5 Responses to Local help to sign up for health insurance under Affordable Care Act

  1. Ken Warner October 23, 2013 at 8:30 pm #



    Conservatives, the joke goes, believe life begins at conception and ends at birth. Now, anti-abortion forces and their Republican allies in Ohio are doing their best to show that jest is true.

  2. Ken Warner October 23, 2013 at 8:05 pm #


    Both Independence and Highmark are cancelling so-called “guaranteed issue” policies, which had been sold to customers who had pre-existing medical conditions when they signed up. Policyholders with regular policies because they did not have health problems will be given an option to extend their coverage through next year.

    Consumer advocates say such cancellations raise concerns that companies may be targeting their most costly enrollees.

    They may be “doing this as an opportunity to push their populations into the exchange and purge their systems” of policyholders they no longer want, said Jerry Flanagan, an attorney with the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog in California.

    Insurers deny that, saying they are encouraging existing customers to re-enroll in their new plans.

    “We continue to cover people with all types of health conditions,” said Highmark spokeswoman Kristin Ash.

  3. One Upset American October 23, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    While the Affordable Care Act was making its way through Congress in 2009 and 2010, President Obama famously promised the American people over and over again that if you like your health plan, you can keep it.

    “Let me be exactly clear about what health care reform means to you,” Obama said at one rally in July 2009. “First of all, if you’ve got health insurance, you like your doctors, you like your plan, you can keep your doctor, you can keep your plan. Nobody is talking about taking that away from you.”

    But the president’s promise is turning out to be false for millions of Americans who have had their health insurance policies canceled because they don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

    According to health policy expert Bob Laszewski, roughly 16 million Americans will lose their current plans because of Obamacare:

  4. Mr. NRA October 23, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

    More people have lost their Health Insurance Coverage because of Obamacare than have obtained coverage. The Affordable Care Act is the biggest scam.

  5. Mark October 23, 2013 at 8:33 am #

    These people are not trained any better then the website works.

    total fail!


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