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Jan. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Alameda County Social Services Agency is raising some eyebrows in its quest to enroll thousands of low-income residents in Medi-Cal health insurance. The new ad campaign, "Cover Your Family," features minimally clad families including parents, grandparents and children, covering themselves with signs touting the need for medical insurance. According to
Lori A. Cox, Agency Director, "Our message is that you wouldn't let your family go without clothes – why let them go without health coverage?"
California's Medicaid program providing health insurance to low-income families, pregnant women, children, seniors, disabled people and refugees. Thousands of residents of
Alameda County are eligible for Medi-Cal, yet are not enrolled. As a result, people are not receiving routine preventive medical care, which can lead to more serious health concerns and higher costs for their care down the road.
Alameda County Supervisor
Wilma Chan welcomes the County's new outreach efforts. "It is estimated that there are 15,000 children in our community who are eligible for Medi-Cal but who are not enrolled. This campaign will help spread the word that it's easy to find out if your family is eligible and to get the health coverage you need."
The Social Services Agency has set up a phone number, 510-COVER-US (510-268-3787) to provide the public with information about Medi-Cal, eligibility, and how to apply. People may also apply online at
www.benefitscalwin.org or go to
www.dhcs.ca.gov to download application forms.
The "Cover Your Family" ads will run in English and Spanish and will be featured on billboards, buses, transit shelters and convenience stores throughout
Alameda County. The campaign will run through
Contact:Sylvia SoubletSocial Services Agency,Media Relations OfficerCell Phone: 510.207.2074Fax: 510.271.9120