The Pima County Health Department is hosting more than a dozen events called “Cover Pima County” this Saturday, in an effort to help uninsured Arizonans get health coverage.
Visitors to the 14 locations, in Tucson, Marana and Green Valley, can sit with counselors and other professionals to navigate through the healthcare enrollment process and determine whether they are eligible for health plans through the Affordable Care Act or through Arizona’s Medicaid program, known as AHCCCS.
The county health department has partnered with community organizations and hospitals since last year to reach as many uninsured Arizonans as possible. With only a month remaining before the federal marketplace closes on March 31, those partners and the health department have been making a final push to assist more vulnerable populations in Southern Arizona, said Francisco Garcia, director of the Pima County Health Department.
“One of the strategic priorities that have been articulated by our stakeholders is the whole access to care issue,” Garcia said. “That’s why we’re at the table, that’s why we’re making this happen.”
The locations’ addresses, schedules and services being offered are available on the county’s website.
A checklist on personal information, budget and preferred coverage options for the event suggests that people should bring their social security number, as well as all family members who could be covered on the insurance plan, plus a list of all family doctors and medications, including dosages.
The health department recommends people look over the checklist before they arrive for an appointment at the location of their choice.