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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS
FAMILY HEALTH & ENROLLMENT FAIR

Saturday, January 31, 2015
10AM – 3PM

California African American Museum
600 State Drive – Exposition Park
Los Angeles, CA

CAAM parking is FREE – Just Mention This Event

Free refreshments, music, children’s activities and healthy fun for the entire family.

Free eye screenings, flu shots and other free screenings available.

For more information call: (310) 815-8444

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Contact: Susan Haag
Dakota Communications
323-896-4481 / susan@dakcomm.com

LEGISLATIVE BLACK CAUCUS OPEN FORUM AND HEALTH FAIR
The California Legislative Black hosts an open forum and family health and enrollment fair with free health screenings at the California African American Museum.

LOS ANGELES – The California Legislative Black Caucus and Covered California Executive Director will hold an open forum during their Family Health & Enrollment Fair on Saturday, January 31 at the California African American Museum (CAAM) in Exposition Park.
The health fair and open forum are free to the public. The health and enrollment fair will allow people the opportunity to receive free flu shots and free health screenings, including eye screenings and blood pressure screenings, as well as to enroll in Covered California health coverage programs before open enrollment ends on February 15.

The number of African Americans who enrolled in Covered CA health coverage last year was disappointingly low. This year, Covered CA is working to raise awareness about the program and increase enrollment in African American communities.

The open forum will be a discussion among members of the California Legislative Black Caucus and Peter Lee, Executive Director of Covered CA, about the Affordable Care Act, the importance of having health insurance, and most importantly, what Covered CA is doing to reach out to African Americans. Members of the public are encouraged to take part in the discussion and voice their questions and concerns.

Assemblymember Reggie Jones-Sawyer is Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus. “I’m working to help the people I represent get health insurance,” says Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer. “I want people to understand the importance of health care coverage for themselves and their families. We know that people who have insurance are more likely to receive preventative care, and receiving preventative care can literally mean the difference between life and death.”

Jones-Sawyer notes that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy filings in the U.S. and people in communities of color are the most vulnerable – they are more likely to fall into bankruptcy if they become ill, need to be hospitalized and have no health insurance. People in underserved communities need health insurance in order to have access to preventative health care, and also to protect themselves and their families from financial devastation in case of serious illness.

During the first month of this open enrollment period, more than 592,000 people sought coverage and were determined eligible for private health insurance and eligible or likely eligible for Medi-Cal.

“We saw tremendous momentum during the first month of open enrollment,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “This is further proof of the great demand that Californians have for quality, affordable health care coverage.” Lee notes that Californians should be considering their options now because there are just a few more weeks to sign up for 2015 coverage through Covered California.

WHAT: Legislative Black Caucus Health & Enrollment Fair
WHEN: Saturday, January 31, 10am-3pm / Open Forum 1pm-2pm
WHERE: California African American Museum  – 600 State Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

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