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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Originally published 8:23 p.m., March 13, 2014 Updated 8:23 p.m., March 13, 2014

Affordable Health Care Enrollment Assistance at the Public Libraries Santa Barbara Public Library System and County Public Health Team Up

The Santa Barbara Public Library System is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to help residents apply for and enroll in health care coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California. The enrollment period for 2014 coverage ends on March 31.


The Santa Barbara Public Library System is partnering with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to help residents apply for and enroll in health care coverage through Medi-Cal or Covered California. The enrollment period for 2014 coverage ends on March 31.

As part of its campaign to increase enrollment in affordable health insurance for the uninsured, the Public Health Department is continuing expanding its county-wide outreach campaign. To assist those looking to apply and enroll in Medi-Cal or Covered California, the Santa Barbara Public Library System will host three walk-in sessions:

Central Library · 40 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara

Tuesday, March 18 · 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Faulkner Gallery

Carpinteria Library · 5141 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria

Thursday, March 20, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Eastside Library · 1102 East Montecito Street, Santa Barbara

Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Room

Bilingual certified enrollment counselors will be available to assist individuals in English or Spanish with completing the online application at each of these events, free of charge. Residents are encouraged to bring proof of identity, income, and legal residency to the library session.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for people to enroll in Covered California during the Open Enrollment period. We will continue to have enrollment opportunities for English and Spanish speaking residents at our Health Care Centers as well as enrollment forums at local libraries in Santa Barbara,” said Public Health Director, Takashi Wada, MD. “We believe that our outreach and enrollment strategies will encourage those who have yet to enroll into this important program.”

Information about Santa Barbara Public Library System events and programs may be found online at SBPLibrary.org. Questions about the health care sign-up sessions may be addressed to the Central Library reference desk at 805-564-5604. All library programs are free and open to the public.

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