What My Family Gained from Covered California (Obamacare)

My decision to drop my son from Kaiser was a pretty simple one and had mostly to do with affordability. My son was enrolled as a dependent for me on the Kaiser plan offered by the district. After the new year, when costs went up for all employees, my out of pocket for myself became $100 and my son was $820. $820 a month is an outrageous amount of money in my opinion, so I began investigating other options. Covered California (Obamacare) was one of those options. In doing some research on their site, it became clear to me that it was best for my family. I ended up choosing the top-tier Kaiser Option, called Platinum, I believe. That plan, which is almost identical to the one we had my son on in the district, allowed us to keep the same medical number and card for my son. We kept the same doctor and have the same coverage as before, but now we pay $249 a month. My family saves over $500 a month with Covered California. That’s $6,000 a year.

Signing up was easy. Using their website, it asked questions of myself, my wife and my son including tax information for the previous and current years. We did not qualify for any subsidies, and my wife and I did not qualify, but we were allowed to enroll my son. Even with no subsidies, we save over $500 a month. It seems that they are slow moving with getting up and running as our monthly bill always comes a couple weeks after it’s “due” but we just auto pay anyway and cut that out of the equation. We have used it twice now to take my son in, and there have been no issues with coverage.

I hope this information helps you.

Jared Ropelato
Will C. Wood

Pictures from the workers memorial event in Concord




Rep Council Meeting Minutes from April 15th

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Workers Memorial Event on Monday, April 28, 2014


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Monday, April 28, 2014

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OUTBOUND (to Concord BART): Going to the Event in Concord
Suisun Train Station
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3:30 PM
3:43 PM
4:20 PM
3:40 PM
4:10 PM
4:23 PM
5:00 PM

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6:55 PM
7:35 PM
7:00 PM
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Bammer cited by CTA for continuous educational news coverage

Reporter staffer wins award for schools coverage – By Reporter Staff

For the second time in as many years, Reporter Staff Writer Richard Bammer has been named a winner of a writing competition sponsored by the California Teachers Association.

A panel of professional journalists cited his six stories as examples of continuous coverage of educational news for a John Swett Award for Media Excellence. He competed in the category of Community Daily Newspaper, publications with up to 100,000 subscribers.

Bammer submitted articles that gave a wide-ranging snapshot of where his beat takes him, from a financial literacy program and Vacaville Unified School District’s hostile act drill to VUSD’s Early College High School program and the shocking rise in the number of Solano County students technically classified as homeless.

Additionally, he submitted stories about Vacaville High’s physics students putting their applied science and mathematics skills to work by building trebuchets, or medieval siege machines, and the struggles of Fairfield parents Debbie and Sydney Salazar, whose son, Joshua, faces a lifelong challenge with dyslexia and the couple’s hope to form a Solano County chapter of the Decoding Dyslexia support group.

“To be honest, I am never certain, day in and out, what kind of impact my education beat reporting has on the local community,” said Bammer, a Reporter staff writer for nearly 20 years. “Of course, it’s nice to be honored, and I am grateful to the CTA for the recognition and especially grateful for careful editing on deadline.”

He will receive his latest Swett Award, the highest honor the CTA can bestow for excellence in educational reporting, during a ceremony and reception May 30 in Los Angeles.

Last year, Bammer won a Swett Award for a series of columns on educational issues.

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