Suisun City, CA: The Solano Coalition for Better Health announced that the 9th Annual Classic for Kids Golf Tournament and Dinner will be on Friday, September 25, 2015, at Eagle Vines Golf Club. The funds raised support the Solano Coalition for Better Health’s Solano Kids Insurance Program (SKIP). The Classic for Kids is the cornerstone fund raising event for this vital program. The event has raised nearly $2 million since 2007, which the organization uses to provide health insurance coverage to children in Solano County who otherwise would not have coverage. Because of this program, Solano County continues to have one of the lowest rates of uninsured children in the State of California.
All proceeds from the Classic for Kids stay right here in Solano County. In addition, the Solano County Board of Supervisors has once again generously approved a dollar per dollar match on funds up to $125,000 whereby making contributions to this event double in value. Joanie Erickson, Executive Director said, “These funds will help ensure children in our local community that are most in need of assistance are linked to the health care they need. Data shows that children with health insurance receive more regular healthcare and have better health outcomes and their school attendance improves by 25 percent. With your support, all children in Solano County can receive the necessary care to grow and learn.”
The cost to provide health coverage to an uninsured child is approximately $1,250 annually. Solano Coalition for Better Health’s mission is to connect 100% of Solano County’s children with health care and not turn anyone away. Every donation can make a difference in a child’s life.
The day-long Solano Classic for Kids provides participants with a fun and exciting organized golf tournament with various surprises on each hole at the Eagle Vines Golf Club in Napa Valley. Golf is $175 per player and a foursome is $650. Dinner only tickets are $75 per person or a sponsored table of 8 is $700. Registration starts at 9:30am with an early lunch, and access to the driving range with a shotgun start at 11:30am. Fees include a golfer VIP gift bag, greens fees, golf cart, lunch, live music, wine reception, silent auction, awards and dinner.
The Coalition thanks this year’s early sponsorships from The County of Solano, Eagle Vines Golf Club, Kaiser Permanente, NorthBay Healthcare, Sutter Health- Sacramento Sierra Region, KUIC 95.3, and Vacaville Magazine. Additional corporate/business sponsorships are available now. Call 800-978-SKIP (7547) for details on golf and sponsorships.
Below is the brochure for this year's tournament.
SCBH/SKIP staff members Keirsha "Shai" Baron Davis (second row, third from left) and Luis Reynoso (last row, second from right) joined others at a call center for Covered California in San Francisco on Thursday, November 20, 2014.
By Melissa Murphy, The Vacaville Reporter
The deadline to sign up for health care is only three days away.
Open enrollment for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) closes Monday and the next opportunity to enroll won't be until October.
That's why Solano Coalition for Better Health is still accepting appointments, even scheduling them for Saturday. The coalition provides Covered California and other enrollment assistance free of charge at sites throughout Solano County, including Dixon, Fairfield, Suisun City, Vacaville and Vallejo. For an appointment call 800-978-7547.
"We're booked solid, so we added Saturday," said Joanie Erickson, executive director of Solano Coalition for Better Health. "We want to sit down and help people understand the documents and make the right choice that's best for them."
There is some leeway now.
Even though California is sticking to Monday's health insurance enrollment deadline, consumers will have extra time to finish their applications.
Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, said Wednesday that people who start an application on the state's health insurance exchange by 11:59 p.m. Monday will have until April 15 to finish.
The announcement comes after the Obama administration said it would allow people additional time to sign up in certain situations.
The state's health insurance exchange is still encouraging Californians to sign up and avoid a tax penalty.
Covered California has surpassed 1 million enrollees, despite problems with its website and complaints about long wait times or unanswered calls for people seeking help through its service centers.
In Solano County, clients haven't seen that difficulty.
"It was really easy," Nicole Brownell told The Reporter last month, adding that she met a representative at the library and showed them a Pacific Gas & Electric bill, her Social Security card and a pay stub. "I just answered some questions and they did the work for me."
She added that her roommate had a similar experience signing up for health insurance through Covered California.
Brownell said she signed up for the insurance because it's now required under the Affordable Care Act and because she doesn't work enough hours at her job for the company to pay a portion of the insurance. Now, she pays $90 per month for health coverage through Kaiser Permanente.
Solano Coalition staff can also provide information and enrollment assistance for other low-cost or free health coverage options. These include Medi-Cal and Healthy Kids, in addition to Covered California options.
Because of the Medi-Cal expansion portion of the Affordable Care Act, more people than ever before are now eligible for Medi-Cal. Enrollment specialists can also help to determine eligibility for the expanded Medi-Cal.
For information on Covered California and signing up for health insurance, visit www.solanocoalition.org. To make an appointment for assistance, call (707) 863-4444.
This last Thursday evening, SCBH executive director, Joanie Erickson, was invited to a presentation by the inmates of the State Prison in Vacaville where they were distributing proceeds from a recent fund raiser. The inmates participate in a group called Prisoner Outreach Program (POP). POP brings children who are at risk of being incarcerated into the prison to provide the children a glimpse of prison life, as well as mentorship and support.
Twice each year, POP also conducts a fund raiser where they bring outside food into the prison to sell to other inmates. This year, they selected Solano Coalition for Better Health's Solano Kids Insurance Program (SKIP) as one of the beneficiaries, and presented Ms. Erickson with a check for $7,100!
Solano Coalition for Better Health wishes to express our gratitude to the Prisoner Outreach Program for their generous donation which makes the work of SKIP possible.
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