Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation Awarded Grant to Help Insure More Californians

September 17, 2014

The Providence Little Company of Mary Foundation was awarded a $183,342 grant this week by Covered California as part of a statewide outreach campaign to attract consumers to the insurance exchange made possible through the federal Affordable Care Act.

Covered California’s Navigator Grant Program will provide education and in-person enrollment assistance to consumers who joined the statewide insurance exchange this year and for those who plan to enroll in 2015. It targets under-served populations, including those who never have had health insurance, do not speak English well, who lost health insurance coverage when they lost their jobs and those who work at jobs that don’t provide insurance.

“Our core strategy is to create healthier communities together by partnering to improve access to top quality, affordable care,” said Patricia Modrzejewski, is chief development officer and president, Providence Health & Services Foundations/Southern California. “We’re proud to be a part of this campaign to help more Californians obtain health care insurance, which is sure to improve the health of our communities.”

Providence health care promoters – or promotoras – will reach out in the South Bay and Westside communities to the uninsured and educate them on accessing health coverage through Covered California, which launched this year. The promotoras, speak both English and Spanish, and are certified by the state to educate and enroll the public in health insurance options.  

Under the terms of the grant, supported by the federal funding provided under the Affordable Care Act, the Providence team will reach out to the community for an eight-month period, starting Oct. 1. Open enrollment for consumers to choose health care plans begins Nov. 15, and continues through Feb. 15, but Covered California will begin reaching out in October to those with insurance to prepare them for renewing their coverage.

Providence promotoras will draw upon their successes learned earlier this year in helping vulnerable populations find health care coverage. Justin Joe, manager for Providence’s navigator grant program, acknowledged Providence’s commitment to collaborate in the community in this effort.

“We are excited to continue developing partnerships with local churches, schools and other neighborhood groups to get more people in our communities covered,” he said.

Educating the uninsured on health care will include explaining terminology and concepts such as copays, premiums and deductibles, and how those out-of-pocket costs should be weighed in choosing the appropriate insurance plans for clients and their families.

Learn more: Choosing Your Medical Coverage