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Merced nonprofit to continue Medi-Cal signs with new grants

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Merced’s Healthy House, a certified enrollment entity under Covered California, was awarded $116,000 to continue Medi-Cal enrollment efforts in community


Merced’s Healthy House, a certified enrollment entity under Covered California, was awarded $116,000 to continue Medi-Cal enrollment efforts in the community.
The nonprofit received a $75,000 grant from the Merced County Department of Public Health to help with enrolling anyone who qualifies for Medi-Cal. The organization also received another $41,000 from the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities.
This second amount is set to help Healthy House reach out to men and boys of color living in Planada, Le Grand, south Merced and the Beachwood-Franklin areas. The BHC grant will also cover community education efforts on Health For All, a campaign that proposes the expansion of affordable health care to cover everyone regardless of immigration status.
“We know the long-term costs of denying basic health care to all persons are higher than the short-term costs of providing the basic, preventative care necessary to remain healthy and out of emergency rooms,” said Candice Adam-Medefind, Healthy House’s executive director.
Adam-Medefind explained that under the Affordable Care Act, Medi-Cal expansion has made health care coverage available to those whose household incomes are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level. A single person who makes $16,105 or less annually, for example, would now qualify for Medi-Cal. A family of four that makes $32,913 or less in a year could also qualify.
Medi-Cal enrollment is available year-round.
Meanwhile, open enrollment for Covered California programs has been extended to April 30 for people who were unaware of the tax penalties. But special enrollment assistance will be available for those experiencing qualifying life events, such as the birth of a child or loss of employment.
Enrollment assistance through Healthy House is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Healthy House office, 301 W. 18th St., Suite 101 in Merced. Language assistance is offered in Spanish, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Punjabi, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian and Chinese.
Healthy House’s mobile team is at Planada Elementary on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, and will be at the H&R Block office at 1950 Yosemite Parkway in Merced on March 28.
BY MERCED SUN STAR STAFF WRITER
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