Health care agencies busy preparing Kern County residents for Covered California launch, Tuesday

Many residents will be covered for first time

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Health care agencies around Kern County are busy preparing residents for the launch of "Covered California", Tuesday. 

Covered California is a key element to implementing the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare". 

Many Kern County resident will begin shopping for health care coverage, tomorrow. Some for the first time.

Officials estimate about 52,000 Kern County residents actually qualify for coverage. 

The Kern County Department of Human Services is one agencies getting ready to enroll people. The department is launching a regional call center, which will take calls directly about Covered California. 

"We will have folks stationed in the lobby, here in our main building, and we'll have a resource table to help answer any question and help fill out applications," said Pam Holiwell, Assistance Director of the Kern County Department of Human Services. 

Where to apply:

  • The regional call center, (661) 631-6807, will be open from Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Apply online at   or call Covered California at 1(800)300-1506.
  • People can also apply in person at local Department of Human Services offices or at Clinica Sierra Vista offices.
  • Still have questions? The NAACP will host a Covered California Forum on Monday at 6 p.m. at St. Peter RCCM Church, 510 East Brundage Lane. 

New health coverage should become effective January 2014, but Individuals will have to enroll and pay their premiums by December 15. 


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