Are You a College Student Without Health Insurance? This Free Service Could Help

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Kaiser Permanente is aiming to enroll 1,000 adults in its free health insurance coverage program who are low-income but do not qualify for Medi-cal, according to Kerri Leedy, a spokeswoman for Kaiser.

Open enrollment ends Jan. 31, and coverage will begin March 1, Leedy said.

Kaiser’s Community Health Care Program will cover 19 to 25-year-olds in Fresno, Madera and Kings County who can’t afford to purchase individual health insurance.  

Household incomes up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level are accepted and U.S. citizenship is not required, Leedy said. Income for a single person cannot exceed $36,180 or $78,300 for a family of four.

There is no monthly premium for the coverage, which includes preventative care, medication, and vision services, as well as access to Kaiser Permanente’s integrated health care system and team of providers.

“We want to expand access to healthcare in our community, so more residents can receive the care they need to stay healthy,” said Kaiser Permanente Fresno Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Debbie Hemker, RN.

Call 1-800-464-4000 for more information or enroll online.