Project White Coat Provides Free Assistance at the Library for ‘Covered California’ Health Insurance Applicants

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The South Pasadena Public Library and the Friends of the South Pasadena Public Library have teamed up again with Project White Coat and the California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) to provide free, one-on-one sessions to help the public with the Covered California application process. Covered California is the state exchange marketplace where individuals can go to buy private health insurance plans. From 11/1/16 and concluding 1/30/17 shortly before the application period closes, South Pasadena Public Library will host Project White Coat volunteer workers at various times as noted below in the Ray Bradbury Conference Room (upstairs in the Library at 1100 Oxley Street) and in the Library Community Room at 1115 El Centro Street. Project White Coat workers have extensive knowledge of the healthcare system because they are all health profession college students.  And with the closing date of open enrollment approaching, they are making the process of finding the best health care convenient and easy.

With 10 health insurance companies selling their products on Covered California, it’s easy for people to become overwhelmed. This is especially true for first timehealth insurance buyers. Project White Coat’s unique make-up of dedicated students from within the healthcare system provides an opportunity for consumers to enroll with a trustworthy individual in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. All Project White Coat workers are certified through Covered California, are trained in confidentiality and handling personal information, and bilingual in Spanish and English. Project White Coat Certified Enrollment Counselors (CEC’s) can assist anyone at any point of the application process– whether it be entering income information or in choosing a health plan. They can also answer a wide variety of questions with an unbiased approach.

The California Health Professional Student Alliance (CaHPSA) received a Navigator grant from Covered California to fund Project White Coat.  CaHPSA is a statewide student group that advocates for social justice in the healthcare field. The majority of CaHPSA students are currently pursuing secondary degrees in a healthcare professional field but also includes individuals in other fields.

Library Covered California Dates for 2016-17 

Saturday, October 1                2-4 pm             Community Room

Sunday, October 9                  1-3 pm             Community Room

Sunday, October 16                2-4 pm             Community Room

Sunday, October 30                1-3 pm             Community Room

Saturday, November 5            2-4 pm             Community Room

Monday, November 14           7-9 pm             Conference Room

Tuesday, November 15           7-9 pm             Conference Room

Sunday, November 20            1-3 pm             Conference Room

Saturday, November 26          1-3 pm             Community Room

Monday, December 5             7-9 pm             Community Room

Tuesday, December 6             7-9 pm             Conference Room

Tuesday, December 13           7-9 pm             Conference Room

Saturday, January 7                1-3 pm             Community Room

Tuesday, January 17               7-9 pm             Community Room

Saturday, January 21              1-3 pm             Community Room

Saturday, January 28              1-3 pm             Community Room

Monday, January 30               7-9 pm             Community Room

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