The Teachers Association of Long Beach and Long Beach Unified School District are working with Teachers for Healthy Kids to help our students and their families access the health care they need.
Teachers for Healthy Kids began almost fifteen years ago as a project of the California Teachers Association and the California Association of Health Plans. In the past, Teachers for Healthy Kids and its health plan partners have worked in our district to promote enrollment of uninsured students with no or low-cost health programs. This includes Medi-Cal and insurance through the Affordable Care Act, known as Covered California. Starting November 1st and ending January 31st, Covered California will hold open enrollment for all individuals and families to enroll in subsidized health insurance. So this is an opportune time for Long Beach to once again partner with Teachers for Healthy Kids in assisting students’ and their families to enroll in health insurance so they can access health care.
Over forty Long Beach school sites have been chosen to participate in a Teachers for Healthy Kids two part project. The first outreach effort will be a survey project beginning November 9th -13th at the following school sites: Bixby Elementary, Beach High-Intensive Learning Program, Madison Elementary, Renaissance HS, Birney Elementary, Hughes Middle, Riley Elementary, Grant Elementary, Avalon K-12, Holmes Elementary, MacArthur Elementary, Reid High, Education Partnership High School, Whittier Elementary, Burcham Elementary and Hoover Middle. Teachers for Healthy Kids representatives will contact schools to distribute the district approved survey for teachers to send home to parents. Each teacher will receive a packet of materials, and an incentive to give to each child who returns the survey forms. Teachers will return the completed forms to the school office for collection. Parents who wish to enroll will then be provided assistance to enroll in the health plan of their choice. Our faculty and staff make a difference in the quality of our students’ lives every day. Now, with your support, we can help ensure our students and their families have access to vital health services.