SAN DIEGO–Governor Gavin Newsom toured 2-1-1 San Diego headquarters Friday to promote California’s fight to make health care more affordable and available for residents.
The governor was joined by Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Todd Gloria and California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly.
The governor highlighted the state’s first-in-the-nation health care proposals that became law as part of the 2019-2020 state budget. The governor said 2-1-1 San Diego plays a vital role in connecting residents of San Diego County with health care and other services.
Newsom’s first budget includes over $1 billion in health insurance premium subsidies over three years to help more low- and middle-class Californians afford health coverage through Covered California. As part of the governor’s affordability goals, the individual mandate restoration in the budget will provide premium support for the first time to middle-income individuals earning up to $72,000 and for families of four earning up to $150,000.
Last month, Covered California announced a rate change of 0.8 percent for California in 2020 and 0.2 percent for San Diego, which are the lowest increases since they began offering coverage in 2014. As part of Covered California’s Contracted Navigator Program, the San Diego 2-1-1 center has educated over 70,000 consumers about the options available on Covered California.