This month, Molina Healthcare of California (“Molina”), and Inland Empire Health Plan (IEHP) announced a joint effort in leading a new healthcare initiative, “Together4IE.” This collaboration aims to raise awareness about available coverage through Medi-Cal and the health insurance marketplace (Covered California) to support Californians affected by income or employment changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The health plans launched a website and are offering a toll-free number (1-866-U2Apply) to learn more about securing affordable health insurance. The California Employment Development Department reported that as of July 2020, more than 275,000 residents in the Inland Empire region were unemployed. The unemployment rates in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are both over 13%, having increased by approximately 4.7% and 4.4%, respectively, compared to the unemployment rates from 2019, which has consequently led many to lose health insurance coverage for themselves and their families. “Through collaboration and partnerships with agencies in the Inland Empire, we can rally around our neighbors to fill in the gaps in care, coverage and information,” said Jarrod McNaughton, IEHP chief executive officer. “The health and wellness of our communities is our largest priority, and we will do all we can to ensure residents have access to the care and resources they need.” Working together to support this population, the “Together4IE” initiative connects qualified residents to resources and works to reduce any stigma around government-sponsored health care. In addition to the resources made available, partnering organizations are actively engaging with individuals and families, as well as communities, to ensure that those interested in affordable health care are fully aware of the available options. To download a print ready information flyer to share with your community, visit https://iehp.org . For more information on the Together4IE campaign, please visit us at our campaign website at www.together4ie.com .