SFUSD helping families access health care 

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  • SFUSD Wellness Centers will help students and families sign up for health insurance through Covered California.
Last month, I was reminded of a staggering statistic: 84,000 adults under the age of 65 and about 10,000 children in San Francisco do not have health insurance. Many of these children are students in our public schools.

We know the availability of affordable health care contributes to better school attendance in the long run.

With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in effect, the San Francisco Unified School District is teaming up with The City to encourage families to get insurance. All individuals, with a few exceptions, in this country are now required to have essential health insurance coverage.

From Wednesday through Jan. 30, the SFUSD is opening its high school Wellness Centers to provide health care sign-up support to any SFUSD family. During this week, our students and their families can drop in and get help signing up for health care coverage via Covered California. At several of our high school Wellness Centers across The City, there will be wellness staff ready to help, and trained Affordable Care Act outreach workers with phone and Internet access to expedite the sign-up process.

Access to health care is essential for adults and for children. It is never too late to sign up for affordable health coverage for your family.

Getting covered

Sign up for health care coverage at SFUSD Wellness Centers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wednesday: Washington and Wallenberg high schools

Thursday: Galileo, Mission and O’Connell high schools, and School of the Arts

Monday: Lowell and Lincoln high schools

Jan. 30: Balboa, Marshall and Burton high schools

Source: SFUSD

Richard A. Carranza is superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District.

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