Actress Viola Davis Joins Safeway Foundation and The Entertainment Industry Foundation in a campaign to end childhood hunger

 

New PSAs are part of a year-round effort to spotlight and address childhood hunger, which affects one in five children in the United State
Academy Award® -nominated actress Viola-Davis- Actress together with The Safeway
Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) has launched Hunger Is, a joint charitable program designed to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood hunger in the United States. The year-round campaign encourages individuals and communities to get involved in solving a widespread problem that too often goes unnoticed.
“One in five children in America struggle with hunger — that’s nearly seventeen million children. I was one of those children; I was the one in five,” said Davis. “I am honored to join The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation to increase awareness and raise funds to help end childhood hunger.”
Funds raised through the initiative will go toward programs focused on eradicating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. During the inaugural year , breakfast programs will be the focus, giving children a healthy start to their day and the best chance to excel.
Actress Viola Davis

Actress Viola Davis

Research shows that children who eat breakfast have better school attendance, achieve higher math scores, and are twenty percent more likely to graduate from high school than children who lack adequate access to food.

“It is unacceptable that millions of children in this country go hungry each day. The good news is that we can make a difference in their lives and send them to class ready and able to learn,” said Larree Renda, Safeway Inc. Executive Vice President and Chair of The Safeway Foundation.
Safeway shoppers will also have multiple opportunities to give during an in-store Childhood Hunger awareness fundraiser during the month of April at more than 1,300 Safeway stores across the United States
“We are so grateful to Viola Davis for her profound generosity in sharing her personal story and lending her powerful voice to this campaign,” said EIF President and CEO Lisa Paulsen. “Too many kids are not getting the nutrition they need to reach their full potential, and we’re privileged to work with The Safeway Foundation to engage communities across the country in helping to change that.”
More information about the issue is available at HungerIs.org, along with simple ways for individuals to donate.
About Hunger Is
It is a joint charitable program of The Safeway Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), is designed to build awareness and raise funds in an effort to eradicate childhood hunger in America.
Funds raised through Hunger Is directly benefit programs focused on combating childhood hunger and improving health-related outcomes. For more info visit:
About The Safeway Foundation
Founded in 2001, The Safeway Foundation supports causes that impact our customers’ lives. Safeway stores provide the opportunity to mobilize funding and create awareness in our neighborhoods through the generous contributions by our customers, our employees’ passion and partnerships with our vendors. They focus on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people with disabilities. Safeway Inc. and The Safeway Foundation have invest ed $1 billion in our neighborhoods since 2001. For more information about The Safeway Foundation, visit Safewayfoundation.org
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President President Obama allows more time to enroll in health care on federal marketplace

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President Obama extends Friday’s deadline to mid-April. Homeless can registered year round.

The Obama administration is giving an extra window of opportunity to Americans who begin the Affordable Care Act signup process by the March 31 deadline but don’t finish it before the day’s over.

Under the new law, most uninsured Americans must either purchase a health insurance plan or pay a penalty. The White House’s new grace period for signups does not constitute a delay in the institution of that penalty. Instead, it’s being cast as a small window of opportunity for those who begin the process by the deadline day but are unable to finish signing up for technical or other reasons.

Covered California™ today confirmed its March 31 deadline for open enrollment in an exchange health insurance plan and announced its policies for completing an application for health care coverage.

With five days left to enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan, the exchange is urging consumers to sign up before the deadline if they want to get affordable health care coverage and avoid a tax penalty.
“If you haven’t applied yet, do it now,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “We are concerned that high numbers of people will come to our doors at the last minute and won’t be able to get enrolled in time. If that happens, consumers face a penalty for not getting insurance, and they may miss out on the peace of mind that comes with coverage.”
CNBC ACA SIGNUPS ON mayopr.comCovered California also clarified the process for completing applications for health coverage in 2014.
“Covered California is not extending its deadline for applying for a health plan,” Lee said. “However, we’re committed to helping all those who started an online application to cross the finish line.”
Individuals who start an online application by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014, will have until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2014, to complete their application and select a plan. To start an application, the consumer  must take at least the following steps:
  • Create an online account.
  • Fill out all required information on the “Apply for Benefits” page and click “Continue.” The page contains two required fields (see application screen images online at http://news.coveredca.com/p/blog-page_26.html).
  • After clicking on “Continue,” individuals will be taken to the “Consent for Verification” page, where they need to click on “Save & Exit” or “Continue.”
  • They must return to their online account no later than April 15 to complete the application and select a plan. 
Covered California reminds consumers that they must make their first premium payment to the health insurance company by the due date to avoid the tax penalty.
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Deadline for registration has been extended again to mid-April.

Paper applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2014, to meet the open-enrollment deadline for 2014 Covered California plans. To guarantee coverage beginning May 1, 2014, however, consumers are encouraged to enroll online.

After the end of open enrollment on March 31, consumers may be eligible for Covered California’s special enrollment period, which can be triggered by one of several “qualifying life events,” as defined under the Affordable Care Act. Some of those qualifying events are:
  • Getting married.
  • Having a baby or adopting a child.
  • Permanently moving to a new area that has different health plan options.
  •  Losing other health care coverage that is considered minimum essential coverage.
  • A change in income that would affect an enrollee’s eligibility for financial assistance.

Low-cost or no-cost coverage through Medi-Cal is also available to consumers year-round, and they can check their eligibility and sign up on the Covered California website, through its Service Center or with the help of assisters. 

Covered California also operates its Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) year-round for businesses with 50 employees or fewer.
Covered California’s next open enrollment, for 2015 coverage, will begin in fall 2014.
About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal.
Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.
Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.