How do I get information about Covered California?
Covered California is a health benefit exchange enacted in response to the 2010 Affordable Care Act that provides private health plans at good value. You can find more information directly on the Covered California website, which includes a helpful “Shop and Compare Tool” that allows comparisons of health plans.
Consumers can use the tool to choose the coverage that works best for their needs and budget. Each plan is required to provide Essential Health Benefits, including ER services, maternity, newborn care and prescription drugs.
How can I enroll for Covered California?
There are several avenues to enroll in Covered California:
1. Online at the Covered California website, which provides information about each health insurance plan in clear and simple terms
2. Over the phone by calling the Covered California Customer Call Center at (888) 975-1142
3. In person at your County Human Services agency or via Certified Enrollment Counselors at community organizations
What are important deadlines I need to know?
If you did not enroll to have coverage starting January 1, 2014, you can still get covered. Open enrollment extends through March 31, 2014, so you can still get coverage starting in February, March, April or May. The ACA requires most people to enroll by March 31, 2014 or fax a tax penalty. Click here to see the chart for deadlines.