Covered California Urges Kern Residents to Enroll in Health Care Amid Increased Financial Aid | news

About 120,000 people living in eastern Kern County and throughout the Central Valley are without health care, and California’s premier health insurance marketplace launched a virtual campaign in Bakersfield on Friday to encourage these people to sign up for coverage.

The speakers at the event conveyed the affordability of enrolling in healthcare under Covered California while also conveying the importance of it. Activist Dolores Huerta, speaking at the virtual event, told of a farm worker who didn’t know he had a brain tumor because he skipped basic tests. Signing up for Covered California allowed him to get the health care he needed, she said.

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