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African-Americans overlooked at Covered California, lawmakers say
San Francisco Business Times

The board at Covered California got an earful Thursday from two African-American legislators unhappy with what they say was a lack of outreach to the African-American community during the first open enrollment for the new state health benefit exchange. Covered California boosted outreach to Latinos but the “lack of commitment” to African-Americans means this population could owe more than $8 million in penalties to the IRS for failure to buy insurance, Assemblywoman Cheryl Brown, a Democrat from San Bernardino, said at the board’s regular monthly meeting in Sacramento.