Covered California School Educator Partner Tool Kit

Help Your Schools and Families Get Educated and Enrolled in Health Care Coverage!

AB 2706 (Hernandez) requires schools to add an item to its enrollment forms or modify an existing item in order to provide the parent or legal guardian information about health care coverage options and enrollment assistance.

A flier has been made available for schools to use to comply with AB 2706. Please insert the contact information for a local enrollment assistance entity or your school’s information into the blank, customizable space at the top of the flier and then print and distribute it with your school's enrollment materials.


Easy Ways to Get the Word Out

Below are some suggested ways to distribute information to parents:

Tools You Can Use

School Newsletter Message

You may use the following messaging in newsletters:

By law, most people are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Through Covered California, a program from the state of California, qualified legal residents of California and their families can compare health insurance plans and enroll in the one that works best for their needs and budget. Financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals and families to help them pay for health insurance premiums. This means the federal government may pay a portion of the health insurance premium. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.

Visit CoveredCA.com to learn more, compare health insurance plans, choose the one that best fits your needs and enroll online. For free, confidential, in-person help, in your area, visit www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.

The open-enrollment period to enroll in Covered California health insurance plans happens once a year. Once the open-enrollment period closes, you may enroll in a Covered California health plan only if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible to apply. Some examples of qualifying life events are: losing your health coverage, getting married, moving outside your plan’s coverage area, having a baby and turning 26. To see if you qualify, visit www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment. To enroll during this time, you must apply within 60 days of your qualifying life event. For more information and to find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.

Undocumented and non-citizen or permanent-resident parents should not fear that applying on behalf of their children or dependents, who may be eligible for health coverage, will result in deportation or other immigration-related actions. For more clarification, read the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo on health enrollment and immigration at www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/ice-aca-memo.pdf in English and www.ice.gov/espanol/factsheets/aca-memoSP in Spanish.

Email Blast Message

You may use the following messaging in your email blasts:

By law, most people are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Californians can apply through Covered California and select the health insurance plan that works best for their needs and budget. The open-enrollment period happens once a year. Once open enrollment ends, you may enroll in a Covered California health plan only if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible to apply. Some examples of qualifying life events are: losing your health coverage, getting married, moving outside your plan’s coverage area, having a baby and turning 26. To see if you qualify, visit www.CoveredCA.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.

Visit CoveredCA.com for more information. To find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.

Robocall Script

You may use this messaging for your prerecorded messages to parents:

Most families are required to have health insurance now. Do you and your family have health insurance? Covered California is where many individuals and families can get affordable health insurance. Financial assistance is available to many families if they qualify. For more information and to find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit www.CoveredCA.com and click on the green “Find Local Help” button or call 1-800-300-1506. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.

Printable Materials

In addition, Covered California has a variety of printable materials available online in various languages.

Print outreach, education and enrollment information you can distribute to parents.

Additional Suggestions and Information

Link to the Covered California Website

Link to Covered California from your website.

Instructions on how to refer parents to Covered California’s website from your own website.

Use Social Media

You can use social media to connect with parents, below is a useful guideline and image examples for download:

Promote Covered California and Find Local Help

Promote the Covered California storefronts and events portal, where parents can find free, confidential, in-person help in their area.

Find local events and storefronts.

In addition, the California Coverage and Health Initiatives (CCHI) has identified local resources by county.

List of local resources by county.

Other Helpful Websites for Additional Resources

Immigration Clarification

Undocumented and non-citizen or permanent-resident parents should not fear that applying on behalf of their children or dependents, who may be eligible for health coverage, will result in deportation or other immigration-related actions. For more clarification, read the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo on health enrollment and immigration below.

Immigrations and
      Customs Enforcement memo

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo

Covered California has an immigration fact sheet, as well:

For information on how to use this tool kit, please feel free to watch a recording of the webinar:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3379524178652252673

About This Tool Kit

Assembly Bill 2706 (Hernandez), signed into law in 2014, requires public schools to add an informational item about health care coverage to their enrollment forms for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years. Pursuant to this legislation, and with the help of the California Department of Education and the ALL IN for Schools Campaign, Covered California has created this partner tool kit. It is designed for public school educators and administrators to use in providing and promoting to parents, through various channels, information about the health care options through Covered California and free, confidential, in-person help in their area.

Medi-Cal is available to ALL low-income children, regardless of immigration status. In 2015, California passed a law that allows all low-income undocumented children youth under 19 years old to enroll in Medi-Cal. For more information on Medi-Cal expansion, visit www.health4allkids.org.

Getting Involved

Calling all school districts! Join the Covered California Community Outreach Network to receive the latest information, resources and support when educating your school educators, administrators, parents and families about Covered California.

As a partner, you will receive resources from Covered California, including:

  • Communication emails and webinars to help you stay updated with Covered California.
  • A quarterly budget that will be allocated to order printable collateral materials.
  • Informational training via webinars.
  • Covered California team to help coordinate outreach, education and enrollment activities.

About The Community Outreach Network

The Community Outreach Network is composed of local voluntary organizations and stakeholders who partner with Covered California to raise public awareness about the health care options available through Covered California.

Read more about the Covered California Community Outreach Network

Join the Covered California Community Outreach Network

It’s simple and easy to join!

Please contact us by email if you have questions, at CommunityOutreachNetwork@covered.ca.gov.