Thursday, February 4, 2016

Covered California Finishes Open Enrollment Strong with More Than 425,000 New Consumers and An Increase In Young Enrollees

Consumers Still Have Through Feb. 6 to Finish Their Applications

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With three days left for consumers to finish their applications for affordable, quality health care coverage through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Covered California announced that more than 425,000 consumers had made plan selections during its third open-enrollment period.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Covered California Enrollment Is Strong As the Final Day of Open Enrollment Approaches

Service Center Received More Than 250,000 Calls This Week

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California is seeing a high volume of enrollment as the final day of open enrollment nears.

“We are very pleased with the amount of interest we are seeing in these last few days,”said Executive Director Peter V. Lee at an enrollment event in Lynwood, California. “This is the moment to take action and enroll. We are working hard to ensure consumers know that financial assistance available, and that the penalty for not having insurance is going up substantially.”

At an enrollment event held in Plaza Mexico in Lynwood, California today, more than one hundred consumers had enrolled in affordable, quality health care coverage just in the first hour of the event. The Lynwood event was one of more than 200 enrollment events available throughout the state this weekend where consumers can get help to enroll.

"We must ensure that communities of color and non-English speaking communities get informed and enroll in Covered California," Senator Ricardo Lara said also speaking at the enrollment event in Lynwood, California.

To find an event, visit CoveredCA.com/get-help/local/events/. Events are by City or ZIP code and representatives are able to help consumers in a multitude of languages. In the past week (Monday through Friday), consumers had placed more than 250,000 calls to Covered California’s Service Center with wait times averaging less than five minutes.

There are hundreds of Service Center representatives available today to help consumers enroll. The Service Center is open today and tomorrow 8:00 am until midnight. In addition, there are tens of thousands of Certified Insurance Agents and other certified enrollers ready to assist consumers in person.

Consumers can sign up in a variety of ways, including enrolling online at www.CoveredCA.com, calling (800) 300-1506 to enroll over the phone and finding inperson help in their communities. In-person enrollment assistance is free, confidential and offered in a variety of languages. Help can be found by visiting www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local and searching by ZIP code.

After open enrollment, consumers will only be allowed to sign-up after that time if they have a life-changing event such as getting married, having a child or moving. Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.

About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.

Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information about Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Covered California Offers To Help Consumers ‘Cross the Finish Line’ As Interest Surges Prior To the Final Weekend of Open Enrollment

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Consumers Must Begin the Application Process by Midnight Sunday and Complete Enrollment by Saturday, Feb. 6

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Due to a last-minute rush for health coverage, Covered California announced Friday that it would keep the doors open for consumers who start the application process but are unable to complete their enrollment by this Sunday.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Covered California’s Enrollment Surges Past 329,000 With Four Days To Go Before Jan. 31 Deadline

Service Center Received More Than 120,000 Calls in the Last Three Days
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California announced that a surge of consumers interested in affordable, quality health care coverage had signed up through the agency this week. Through Jan. 27, more than 329,000 new enrollees had picked a health coverage plan during the current open-enrollment period. In addition, more than 148,000 new and renewing consumers had enrolled in the new optional family dental coverage.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Covered California Teams Up With Latino Leaders To Urge the Uninsured To Enroll In A Health Insurance Plan Before the Upcoming Deadline

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Open Enrollment Runs Through Sunday, Jan. 31

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California joined with Latino leaders on Tuesday to spread the word that time is running out for uninsured Californians to sign up for quality health care coverage. 

Covered California Teams Up With Asian-American Leaders To Urge The Uninsured To Enroll In A Health Insurance Plan Before The Upcoming Deadline

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Open Enrollment Runs Through Sunday, Jan. 31

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California joined with leaders of the Asian-American community to spread the word that time is running out for uninsured Californians to sign up for quality health insurance coverage.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Our Work is Not Yet Done

Covered California helped celebrate the life and legacy of one of my personal heroes, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., this week. Many of you know that, because of King’s fight for justice and equality, I have always thought of his birthday as the best point each year to pause and celebrate the Affordable Care Act. That celebration is about what we are doing at Covered California and across the nation to expand access to health care, and about how that work is making us a better, more just nation.

During this week, King’s legacy reminded me of two important things: We do not walk alone on this incredible history-making journey, and we have more work to do.