Covered California has announced that it has established a new special-enrollment period to give Californians another opportunity to sign up for health care coverage as the state continues to grapple with widespread disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The new special-enrollment period allows uninsured individuals to sign up for coverage without needing to meet the normal qualifying life events, such as recent loss of coverage or moving. Anyone who meets Covered California’s eligibility requirements can sign up for coverage between February 1 and May 15, 2021, and have their coverage begin on the first of the month following enrollment.
According to the announcement, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) and the California Department of Insurance have also extended their special-enrollment periods through May 15, requiring all plans in the individual market, including off-exchange health plans, to allow individuals to sign up for coverage through May 15.
Consumers can find out if they are eligible for Medi-Cal or other forms of financial help and see which plans are available in their area by using the CoveredCA.Com Shop and Compare Tool and entering their ZIP code, household income and the ages of those who need coverage.
Those interested in learning more about their coverage options can also call Covered California at (800) 300-1506.