Several residents signed up for Covered California despite concerns over future of health insurance

Posted at 5:17 PM, Nov 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-16 21:56:00-05

Repealing Obamacare was a major calling card of President Elect Donald Trump's campaign.

Now that he will be taking office in January, concerns about the future of health insurance persist as the fourth installment of open enrollment for Covered California continues.

The enrollment period is from November 1st until January 31st, with enrollees that sign up by December 15th becoming eligible for their coverage to take affect January 1, 2017. 

Today, Covered California representatives teamed with Omni Family Health and Clinica Sierra Vista to raise awareness about the program and try to calm concerns uninsured residents of Bakersfield may have.

"There's an election. It's a big deal. But change in Washington does not happen overnight," said Peter Lee, Executive Director of Covered California.

"But what can happen overnight is you can get cancer, you can have a car accident. We want people to focus on the here and now."

Clinica Sierra Vista says they have helped at least 56,000 people sign up for Covered California or Medi-Cal in the past three years. Omni Family Health said they helped over 2,000 people sign up for Covered California or Medi-Cal last year.