Covered California Eager to Enroll as Many as Possible

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SACRAMENTO –

For too long, Griselda Cisneros says, she’s lived without health insurance.

“I’m at that age where anything can happen,” Cisneros said.

She’s a part-time homecare provider. Her husband was let go from Raley’s this year. Between the two, they don’t have insurance.

“It was either pay a bill or go to the doctor,” said Cisneros.

But those days are over. Today, Cisneros can do both.

She and her husband are walking out of the Sacramento Convention Center with health insurance, along with 1500 others who showed up, looking for coverage.

If all of these people sign up, the number of doctors, in theory, would also need to go up.

“Every health plan in California had to show us they meet the needs of having enough doctors for every person that comes in,” said Pete Lee, Executive Director of Covered California.

Lee explained that the federal government will help each individual person who qualifies with healthcare costs.

In other words, health insurance premiums for everyone else may go up.

For Cisneros, that’s not a fear anymore. All four of her children are enrolled are covered and in college.

Now, she is covered too.

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