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OP-ED: Ring in the New Year with Health Care Savings

The good news is that quality health care coverage is now more affordable than ever before, thanks to the new and increased financial help from the American Rescue Plan. The law dramatically increased the subsidies available to Californians in nearly every income bracket – allowing them to get covered and stay covered with comprehensive, name-brand health insurance.

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Sign up by Dec. 31 and your coverage will start on New Year’s Day. If you miss that deadline, don’t worry, open enrollment runs through January 31
Sign up by Dec. 31 and your coverage will start on New Year’s Day. If you miss that deadline, don’t worry, open enrollment runs through January 31

The New Year is right around the corner and it’s a time to set new goals. One opportunity that everyone should embrace is to make sure that you have access to quality health care in 2022. The COVID-19 pandemic and the new Omicron variant have highlighted the importance of our health, and now is the time to get comprehensive health coverage.

The good news is that quality health care coverage is now more affordable than ever before, thanks to the new and increased financial help from the American Rescue Plan. The law dramatically increased the subsidies available to Californians in nearly every income bracket – allowing them to get covered and stay covered with comprehensive, name-brand health insurance.

So, what does that mean? If you or someone you know is uninsured right now – or has coverage directly from a health insurance company – now is the time to check out your options from Covered California.

Covered California is part of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes known as Obamacare — and it’s the only place you can go to get financial help to bring the cost of health coverage within reach. Right now, an estimated 1.1 million Californians are uninsured and eligible for financial help. The overwhelming majority of this group, about 940,000 people, will qualify for no-cost health coverage through either Covered California or Medi-Cal. Even if you do not qualify for $0 health plans, many people can get health coverage for less than $10 per month.

In addition, the American Rescue Plan extends the financial help available to middle-income Californians, who were previously ineligible for federal financial help. For example, an estimated 260,000 Californians purchase their coverage directly from a health insurance company, without any assistance. They can switch to Covered California, and in many cases keep their same health plans and doctors, while saving hundreds of dollars a month.

Everyone can benefit from ringing in the New Year with big savings, peace of mind and access to quality health care.

Health insurance protects you financially if an injury or illness sends you to the emergency room or hospital. Preventive care helps keep you healthy and out of the hospital in the first place, which is especially important for African American communities which experience higher rates of chronic diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure.

You can easily find out whether you are eligible for financial help, and find out what your health coverage options are, by visiting www.CoveredCA.com. All you need to do is enter a few pieces of information, your age, ZIP code, household income, and the ages of those who need health insurance, and you can see your results in just seconds. You can also call Covered California’s Service Center at (800) 300-1506 to enroll in health plans.

Sign up by Dec. 31 and your coverage will start on New Year’s Day. If you miss that deadline, don’t worry, open enrollment runs through January 31. There has never been a better time for Californians to get health insurance, and with this new financial help available, the cost of health coverage is more affordable than ever before.

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Evangelical Technology: The New “E.T.”

In his book, “Branding Faith,” Phil Cooke wrote, “Whatever the purpose, the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the largest audience possible and imprint an indelible story around your church, ministry or mission.” In short Mr. Cooke is saying that how we tell our story and how our story looks, will determine the impact that we will have on a world in need of relevance.

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Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.
Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.

By Curtis O. Robinson, Sr., M.A., Resident fellow ’19 Harvard Divinity School

The year was 1982 and Steven Spielberg released the blockbuster movie of the century entitled, “E.T., The Extra Terrestrial.” The movie outgrossed Star Wars and in 1983 grossed more than $359 million in North America and $619 million worldwide. Spielberg was making an estimated $500,000 a day, and the rest was cinematic history.

With the onslaught of the COVID-19 virus, the strain and challenge of presenting a relevant Christ to a culture in need of spiritual balance has been demanding. For the most part, houses of worship have had to close their doors. However, a few have been strategic enough to weather the storm with minimal attendance for in-house worship. So, it is still a daunting task to continue to get the Word of God to a culture desperately in need of spiritual enrichment.

In his book, “Branding Faith,” Phil Cooke wrote, “Whatever the purpose, the goal is to win the hearts and minds of the largest audience possible and imprint an indelible story around your church, ministry or mission.” In short Mr. Cooke is saying that how we tell our story and how our story looks, will determine the impact that we will have on a world in need of relevance.

Enter Nimbus Networks, LLC. Nimbus Networks is a certified solutions provider that creates tailored communications plans for you in collaboration with the world’s leading telecom providers.

We work with over 220 vetted worldwide carriers as a full-service technology consultant, and we have engineers who can help you design, deploy, and maintain your environment. Because no two organizations are the same, we tailor our Cloud, Voice, IT, and other technology services to match your unique requirements.

This is the first in a series of articles that will talk about the importance of having a reliable and robust IT platform. And for churches, we must still engage the world for Christ. It is important that our ET platform is effective and inviting. Stay tuned.

For more information concerning your IT or ET needs, you can reach him at crobinson@nimbusnet.net. You can also visit our website at nimbus-networks.com or you can call 925-285-8357 for a free consultation.

Curtis O. Robinson, Sr. is the senior pastor at the Faith Church in Oakland, CA. He is also managing director of Global Acquisitions at Nimbus Networks, LLC.

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COMMENTARY: Roosevelt Vernon Cobb, Daddy Hammercy!

I now understand why publishing has been a major part of my life, because you worked for the Phoenix newspaper in Muskogee, Oklahoma, before you brought your family to Oakland, where I was born at 1776 7th Street at the Pack Train Hotel into a large, welded barrel that you kept in the closet.

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Theodore Vernon Cobb. Photo courtesy of the family.
Theodore Vernon Cobb. Photo courtesy of the family.

Publisher Paul Cobb’s Birthday Tribute to his father

By Paul Cobb, Publisher, Post Newsgroup

Happy Birthday, Daddy. I am honored to be a son of your seven-children family circle.

Even though you only finished the 6th grade, you were known to spot talent and could predict future opportunities for success, especially when you met Mary Magdalene Bland while she was working at Grandpa Early Bland’s watermelon and food stand.

And you prophesied that the “Lord willing, I’m going to marry you.”

You crested when you married her after she had graduated from Langston University.

I now understand why publishing has been a major part of my life, because you worked for the Phoenix newspaper in Muskogee, Oklahoma, before you brought your family to Oakland, where I was born at 1776 7th Street at the Pack Train Hotel into a large, welded barrel that you kept in the closet.

Most of that money was “earned” from your after-work second job mastery of the billiard tables on Seventh Street while wearing overalls with a cargo hook in your back pocket.

You brought your entrepreneurial skills to your work as a longshoreman, where unbeknownst to your children, you managed to save by dropping the dimes, quarters, halves, and silver dollars.

Those coins allowed you to buy properties and a car, in the same manner in which you earned them, face-to-face, over the counter, to be counted and acknowledged by the bankers and dealers, while you watched.

As a kid, with a portable shoe shine box, I worked in front of the pool halls by day, where I collected national Black newspapers from the Pullman Porters who brought them to me as a tip with payment.

You and Jimmy Herman helped me and my brother to get hired as ship clerks.

Dad, I did not know that you “graced” those same places at night. I remember when your wife told you to stop that lifestyle or she would leave, you stopped. You abruptly pursued a Bible-based lifestyle with zeal.

I still use some of your favorite aphorisms, such as, “don’t back down from any challenge, or anybody, at any time: You must outwork them.”

“Always come big or stay at home and if you do that, then all I can say is Hammercy.”

Following your advice, I married Gay Plair in 1970. I discovered that her father and you were both named after President Theodore Roosevelt and both of you share conjoined birth dates. Theodore Plair’s birthday is December 31 and yours is January 1. “Hammercy!”

You would have been proud to know that ILWU President Jimmy Herman came to my house with Port Director Wally Abernathy and American President Lines Shipping Co., CEO Bruce Seaton where we organized the Oakland Dredging Coalition to expand jobs and maritime opportunities.

I reminded your friend Herman how you would have said “Dig a little deeper or stay at home.” Hammercy!

This birthday message is being published in the Oakland Post because when Gay published her father’s birthday tribute on Facebook I finally realized that I, too, must honor you the same way. I hope the readers will show me how to use Facebook because I need to activate the “friends” names on my page.

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Emotional Emancipation Circle Series Offered for People of African Descent

Emotional Emancipation Circles are a collaboration between the Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). The purpose of the circles is to have a safe space for persons of African ancestry to share truths about the impact of racial stress within our society as well as of having internalized negative cultural messages grounded in the lie of Black inferiority.

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Beginning Jan. 11, 2022, the Circle will meet via Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 12:00-1:30 p.m. The last session will be on May 10, 2022.
Beginning Jan. 11, 2022, the Circle will meet via Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 12:00-1:30 p.m. The last session will be on May 10, 2022.

The First 5 Alameda County Ubuntu Healing Circle is excited to offer Emotional Emancipation Circles™ (EECs) to the Alameda County Community for people who identify as Black and/or African descent.

Beginning Jan. 11, 2022, the Circle will meet via Zoom the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month from 12:00-1:30 p.m. The last session will be on May 10, 2022.

Sessions will take place online. You will receive a link to join after registeringFor planning purposes, please register by January 10.

Emotional Emancipation Circles are a collaboration between the Community Healing Network (CHN) and the Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi). The purpose of the circles is to have a safe space for persons of African ancestry to share truths about the impact of racial stress within our society as well as of having internalized negative cultural messages grounded in the lie of Black inferiority.

REGISTER HERE

For more information about the EECs, please visit communityhealingnet.org.

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