Why is Health Insurance Important?
Improve Access to Health Care
- Children have a medical home – The proportion of children having a medical and dental visit after one year of health insurance enrollment increased dramatically – from 33% to over 90%.
- The increase in medical visits meant fewer days missed from school. Nearly 70% of students did not miss one day due to illness, up from 52%. Fewer than 10% missed three days or more.
- Health coverage means healthier students in our schools.
Prevent Hospitalization While Meeting the Needs of Children
We see noticeable decreases in preventable hospitalizations and emergency room visits. When kids have access to coverage, we can promote public health.
Emergency room visits shrunk to just 4% in 10 months.
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How to Apply for Local Health Insurance Plans
It’s as Easy as 1...2...3...!
Make a phone call:
2-1-1 or Toll Free: (877) 814-1861
Talk to the person on the phone that will:
Refer you to a Certified Application Assistant in your neighborhood.
The Certified Application Assistant will personally help you complete an application.
What you will need to bring:
Proof that you live in Santa Barbara County
Proof of income - one of the following:
Copy of recent pay stub or last year's federal income tax return, or written statement from employer stating gross monthly income and when it was earned, OR
Persons paid in cash may complete a form stating income and when it was earned, OR
Self-employed may use the previous year's federal income tax return with Schedule C.
Additional Things to Know:
If your child was born in the United States, you will need a birth certificate and Social Security Card for the child.
If your child was NOT born in the United States, you do not need a Social Security Card but will need a birth certificate.
Health Insurance Options for Children: