Assembly Member Pan, Elk Grove Educators Team To Facilitate Healthcare Enrollment

January 12, 2014 | Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan and the Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA's) have announced plans to team-up ...

January 12, 2014 |

Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan and the Elk Grove Education Association (EGEA's) have announced plans to team-up to help area residents enroll in the Covered California healthcare system as part of the Affordable Care Act.

In a press conference held at EGEA's office in Elk Grove yesterday, Pan and association members stressed the ease of signing up and the possible savings for healthcare insurance, particularly for children and adults not covered by an employer insurance plan.

As part of their joint effort, Pan and the EGEA will hold an enrollment event at the EGEA's office on Saturday, February 1.

"We are actually going to have people here that will help enroll people on the spot," Pan said.

Pan, a pediatrician, said ill children who miss school are missing out on an important part of their education. In addition to being able to access healthcare, Pan said children enrolled under the ACA will also be offered dental and optometry services.
Pan says political parties should work to improve the ACA.

"As educators, we know how important healthcare is for students to learn," Toby Johnson Middle School science teach and EGEA member Kathleen Tejan said. "One of the major factors of academic success is attendance. Healthy children have better attendance."

Tejan also stressed that the ACA covers children's dental and vision services.

"Students without vision care struggle seeing the board and the learning materials," she said. "Can you imagine trying to learn with a toothache."

Also speaking at the conference was Rancho Cordova resident Linda Hamm who said the ACA helped her and her spouse attain healthcare coverage in spite of pre-existing conditions at more affordable rates. Hamm said because of enrollment in the ACA through Covered California, their monthly premiums for a so-called silver plan dropped to $130 a month from $1,575.

Hamm also noted the ease of enrolling in the program. "It was really, really easy," she said

When asked about the possibility that the ACA be rolled back in the event of a Republican takeover of the Senate this year and Presidency in 2016, Pan noted that many individual parts of the ACA are popular. Pan noted that there will need to be adjustments to the law, but Republicans would be unable to repeal it should they gain control.

"We should be working together to improve the ACA," Pan said. "Lets talk about things we need to do to make it better."     

The Saturday, February 1 enrollment event will be held at the Elk Grove Education Association's offices located at 9297 Office Park Circle, suite 100, Elk Grove, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available from Pan's district office at (916) 262-0999 


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Anonymous said...

Even though there is a political angle to this, it does seem Dr. Pan has genuine concern that constituents can access affordable healthcare.

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