EL CENTRO – The Imperial County Public Health Department signed an agreement with the state of California to enroll clients into Healthy Families, a program providing low cost insurance for children and teens the neither qualify for Medi-Cal, nor have insurance on their own.
According to Robin Hodgkin, Director of Public Health Department, all children enrolled in the Healthy Families Program were moved to the Medi-Cal Program, effective January 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
The Public Health Department asked the Board to approve their approval to apply for certification as a Medi-Cal Certified Enrollment Entity (CEE). This makes the department eligible to be trained and registered to provide in-person assistance to consumers and help them apply for covered California Health Plans.
Covered California is the state exchange for health coverage following the passage of the Affordable Care Act.
The county would receive a $58 dollar compensation for each completed enrollment. Dosing so will build upon existing relationships and facilitate continuity of care for children previously enrolled in Healthy Families, ensuring that they will not lose any health, dental, or vision coverage when they change to Medi-Cal, according to Hodgkin.
Supervisor Terrazas asked how they would notify the public of the new service and Hodgkin answered that there were several non-profits and even a tax service that also are CEE’s and they did not want to compete with their ability to sign up eligible families.
The public health department basically wanted to have the ability to sign people up and be compensated for doing so.
Hodgkin also mentioned that the back ends of the webpage didn’t always work. As applicants fill out their forms and they fall into eligibility for Medi-Cal, the sent electronic messages of their eligibility to Social Services are not being received.