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About the Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce

The Riverside County Black Chamber of Commerce, (RCBCC) was founded in 2011. In 2013 a transition into new leadership transformed the organization to a new directional focus to include, health, civic and community minded projects.

In 2013 RCBCC was the first African American Chamber to be granted a contract with the State of California’s Covered California program. RCBCC has enrolled over 1400 individuals, families and business into affordable healthcare plans, some for the very first time. Due to the services RCBCC provided to the community they ranked in the top 5% in California productivity and awarded a Navigator Grant. For information about RCBCC please visit www.riversidecountybcc.org.

About the Navigator Program

Covered California’s Navigator Program is the next phase in the agency’s outreach, education and enrollment efforts. The goal of the Navigator Program is to enroll subsidy-eligible consumers during the second open-enrollment period: Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015. Grants were awarded to organizations that educate consumers about Covered California health insurance plans and about how to obtain financial assistance to help pay for them. Organizations were sought that have experience providing outreach to California’s diverse populations and proven success enrolling consumers in health care programs.

Navigator activities will also include informing consumers about the benefits of obtaining health care coverage, motivating consumers to act, helping consumers to shop for and compare plans, and assisting consumers in enrollment and renewals. Navigators will also help current enrollees renew their health insurance coverage.

About Covered California

Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and the Legislature. For more information about Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

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