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Local Democratic group holds health care forum

Posted: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.

About 35 people turned out Saturday at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Valencia to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and Covered California — the state’s health insurance exchange.

Much of Saturday’s event focused on the changes brought about by implementation of the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, and how to use services through Covered California to take advantage of, or comply with, the act.

Covered California functions as a marketplace where people can compare and purchase insurance plans. Under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, most Americans must have some sort of health insurance by March 31.

“This is the law of the land for now, and if you’re not covered, you need to get covered,” said Waudier Rucker-Hughes, the president of the NAACP chapter in Riverside and one of the presenters at Saturday’s event.

Exchanges, in turn, were set up with the goal of making it easier to compare different insurance plans.

Shopping around for insurance through the exchange might also inspire people to take a closer look at their own plans.

Presenters urged attendees to take a look at Covered California to see if there might be a cheaper option or a plan that better fits them, highlighting online resources that can provide information on plan costs.

Saturday’s event was sponsored by the Democratic Alliance for Action, a local political group.

“There are people asking for information and we feel we are providing a community service by helping them get that information,” said Michael Kulka, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action.

For more information on Covered California, visit


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