DATE: Wednesday, December 5th
LOCATION: Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace
SHOW TIME: 7:00PM
The Covered California Healthcare bus rolled onto Mill Creek Bridge in Central Park Thursday to promote open-enrollment in Bakersfield. Covered California Executive Director, Peter Lee says almost 30,000 people living in Bakersfield are eligible for either Covered California or Medical. Lee warns that you can walk out of a hospital owing $50,000 and wants those who think they can’t afford coverage to know that 9 out of 10 people who sign up for Covered California can receive financial help in exchange for very good plans. He says that “Life can change in an instant” and encourages people to sign up before the January 15th deadline. In 2017, over 67,000 people were uninsured in Bakersfield but the recent election results mean that people with preexisting conditions will be covered under Obamacare. Lee says that f you wait until the last minute to pick a provider, your coverage will begin February 2019 but if you sign up by December 15th, you will not go one day in 2019 without being covered.
The City of Bakersfield celebrated the completion of 85 renovated bus stops that will better service people with disabilities. Karen King, CEO of Golden Empire Transit is proud of how state and local government agencies came together to create more accessible transportation pathways for Kern County riders. Speaking on the lawn of New Advances for People with Disabilities in Bakersfield, Ms. King explained that the previous bus stops infrastructure were unsafe for wheelchairs before she secured the funding to install modern sidewalks, curbs and gutters. She adds that the million dollar project is a game-changer for disabled people traveling around town. Two years ago a select group of disabled residents, named The Voiced, met with city officials to point out the bus stops which needed the most upgrades and Kern Council Governments matched a one million dollar grant to begin the process. The rehabbed stops also make it easier for bus drivers to deploy their wheelchair ramps.