By law, most people are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Californians can apply through Covered California and select the health insurance plan that works best for their needs and budget. The open-enrollment period happens once a year. Once open enrollment ends, you may enroll in a Covered California health plan only if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible to apply. Some examples of qualifying life events are: losing your health coverage, getting married, moving outside your plan’s coverage area, having a baby and turning 26.
To see if you qualify, visit www.CoveredCA.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.
Visit CoveredCA.com for more information. To find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.