In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it was just announced that anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health coverage through Covered California can sign up for health plans through June 30. This move comes amid widespread disruption in the lives and livelihoods of Californians as public health officials seek to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
In addition, the California Department of Health Care Services announced new steps to help those eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal health plans sign up easily and get immediate coverage. Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round.
Covered California also assured the state’s consumers that all medically-necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 are free of charge, and that all health plans available through Covered California and Medi-Cal are offering telehealth options to minimize in-person medical visits at this time.
These actions build upon Covered California’s Special Enrollment Period, which took effect in January 2020, to help consumers who didn’t know about tax penalties for not having health insurance, or weren’t aware of the new state subsidy program and financial help available to pay their monthly health care costs.
Those interested in enrolling in Covered California or Medi-Cal health plans can:
• Visit www.CoveredCA.com.
• Get free and confidential assistance over the phone, in a variety of languages, from a certified enroller.
• Have a certified enroller call them and help them for free.
• Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.