United Ways of California is Proud to Partner with Covered California on Outreach and Education
May 14, 2013
Los Angeles, CA—United Ways of California (UWCA) issued the following statement today in response to being named one of the first recipients of Covered California’s Outreach and Education Grant Program.
United Ways of California is delighted to be named a recipient of Covered California’s Outreach and Education Grants. We look forward to working with Covered California to provide Californians with the information they need about the health coverage options available to them and connecting them to resources to enroll.
As part of this Outreach and Education grant, United Ways of California, in partnership with local United Ways, seeks to work with: 1) our business and workplace partners to reach the employees who due to their status as part-time, contract or seasonal employees are not eligible for employer sponsored insurance; 2) educational institutions including universities, community colleges, and technical schools; and 3) other United Way initiatives and programs such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs, health fairs in the community and on campuses. All strategies will reach eligible Californians over 138% of the federal poverty line.
UWCA will serve as the lead agency for a statewide collaborative that will connect Californians to health coverage, with special emphasis on 11 local United Way counties, stretching from the far northeast corner (Humboldt) to the most southern counties (Ventura). This area alone comprises almost 26% of California's uninsured population.
With over 7.1 million uninsured, California has the greatest number of uninsured residents in the United States. Covered California Outreach and Education grants will greatly help in negating this disparity across the state and give United Way the opportunity to help further our mission of improving health, education and financial stability results for low-income families throughout California.
United Ways of California is especially proud to work with the following partner United Ways in ensuring low-income families and individuals get access to quality health coverage and care. They are:
Kings United Way
United Way of Fresno County
United Way of the Inland Valleys
United Way of Kern County
United Way of Merced County
United Way of Northern Santa Barbara County
Orange County United Way
United Way of Stanislaus County/Humboldt Regional Office
United Way of Tulare County
United Way of Ventura County
United Way of the Wine Country
In addition, United Ways of California congratulates our members who will participate in local, county-based grants. They include United Way of Monterey County and United Way of Santa Cruz County. We look forward to our continued collaboration with them in connecting Californians to health coverage.
United Ways of California improves health, education and financial stability results for low-income California families by coordinating the statewide advocacy and community impact work of 34 member California United Ways.
Peter Manzo, President & CEO
Judy Darnell, Director of Public Policy