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Uninsured get final chance to sign up for coverage

There will be one last push to help uninsured Valley residents get insurance through either Covered California or Medi-Cal, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center, 464 W. Napa St., Suite A, in Sonoma.

Individuals have to have insurance coverage by March 31 or pay a penalty.

Kathleen Bianchi-Rossi, the health center’s development director, said Saturday’s sign-up event will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

People who want to sign up under Covered California, the state’s new health insurance exchange, will need to bring various documents, including some sort of photo identification, birth certificate, pay stubs, permanent resident documents, federal tax returns and the like.

“It’s better to show up over prepared and have too much documentation,” said Bianchi-Rossi. “Some people have waited (to get insurance) until they filed this year’s taxes.”

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