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Covered California Lends Support for Wildfire Victims Throughout the State

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California has announced a special-enrollment period for people living in counties where a state of emergency has been declared due to raging wildfires. “Once again, wildfires are disrupting the lives of thousands of Californians, and if you are among those affected, Covered California is here to make sure you have access […]

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Covered California warns of higher health insurance costs if Congress allows the American Rescue Plan to expire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — An updated Covered California analysis highlights how the expiration of the American Rescue Plan (ARP) would raise costs for enrollees, including doubling premiums on average for 1 million low-income Californians, and may lead up to 220,000 people to drop their health coverage. The analysis comes as Congress deliberates whether to extend the […]

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Covered California Deadline Approaches as Omicron Surge Underscores Benefits of Health Insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With the rapid spread of the COVID-19 omicron variant across the state, Covered California is urging uninsured and eligible individuals to act now so that they can have comprehensive health care coverage for all of 2022. Coverage is critical to both getting needed preventive care and covering the costs of unforeseen care. […]

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Covered California Highlights Key American Rescue Plan Provisions and Lay Out a Roadmap to Lower Premiums and Help Millions Get Covered

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California released new data and announced new partnerships to highlight how the American Rescue Plan can benefit 25 million Americans, including 3 million in California. “The new and expanded financial help provided by the American Rescue Plan is a very big deal for millions of Americans,” said Peter V. Lee, executive […]

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California Joins President Biden in Responding to COVID-19 Pandemic by Announcing Special Enrollment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 28, 2021 – On the heels of an announcement by President Biden, Covered California said on Thursday that it would establish a special-enrollment period to give people more opportunities to sign up for health care coverage as the country continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic and economic recession. The move comes […]

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As COVID-19 Pandemic Surges Across the State, Covered California Takes the Unprecedented Step of Giving Consumers Until Dec. 30 to Sign Up for Coverage That Begins on Jan. 1

SACRAMENTO, Calif. December 11, 2020 – Covered California announced on Friday that for the first time in its history, it would give consumers until Dec. 30 to sign up for health care coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2021. The unprecedented move comes as COVID-19 infections and deaths surge throughout the state. “The pandemic continues […]

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Covered California Officially Launches Open Enrollment with Millions of Masks to Encourage Californians to “Get Covered/Stay Covered”

SACRAMENTO, Calif. November 11, 2020 – Covered California officially kicked off its annual open-enrollment period on Monday with a statewide effort to encourage Californians to protect themselves, their families and their friends from the COVID-19 pandemic by wearing a mask and signing up for health care coverage. The campaign includes sending face masks, emblazoned with […]

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CA’s Efforts to Build on the Affordable Care Act Lead to a Record-Low Rate Change for the Second Consecutive Year

SACRAMENTO, Calif. August 6, 2020 – Covered California announced on Tuesday a record-low insurance premium rate change for the second consecutive year. The preliminary average rate change for California’s individual market is 0.6 percent for the upcoming 2021 plan year, which is the lowest mark since the launch of the Affordable Care Act and follows […]

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Covered California Enrolls Tens of Thousands as Impacts of COVID-19 Pandemic Hits

SACRAMENTO, Calif. April 14, 2020 – Covered California announced on Tuesday that 58,400 people had enrolled in health care coverage since the exchange announced a special-enrollment period in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pace of sign-ups has been nearly three times the level that Covered California saw during the same period in 2019. “We […]

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Covered California Expands Special Enrollment and Medi-Cal Seeks Waivers to Encourage Coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. March 20, 2020 – As the state of California is taking action on many fronts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) joined together to make sure that those losing employment would have a ready path to coverage —  whether through Medi-Cal or the […]

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Covered California Sees Thousands of People Enroll Each Day as it Approaches Friday’s Final Day of Open Enrollment

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 30, 2020 – With time running out, Covered California announced new enrollment data and encouraged consumers to sign up for coverage before this year’s open-enrollment period ends. As of Jan. 29, more than 364,000 consumers had newly signed up for health insurance through Covered California during the current open-enrollment period, which is […]

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New Research Showing Californians Are Still Unaware of a Penalty for Going Without Health Coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 9, 2020 – Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee and State Controller and Franchise Tax Board Chair Betty T. Yee urged Californians on Thursday to get health coverage to avoid paying the new penalty now in effect for 2020. Their urging comes as new research released by Covered California shows that […]

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New Health Laws for 2020 to Start on Jan. 1, Including Requirement That Californians Have Health Insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. Dec. 23, 2019— While a federal court ruling last week leaves the federal individual mandate in legal limbo, Californians are reminded that a state law will take effect on Jan. 1 requiring all Californians to have health insurance. “Open enrollment is underway right now. That means now is the time to sign up […]

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Covered California and the Challenged Athletes Foundation Team Up to Promote Open Enrollment and the Dec. 15 Deadline for Coverage During All of 2020

SAN DIEGO, Calif. December 10, 2019 – Covered California continued its statewide open enrollment campaign by teaming up with the Challenged Athletes Foundation in San Diego for its Holiday Boot Camp on Tuesday. The event comes as Covered California alerts consumers about a critical upcoming deadline. Consumers must sign up by Dec. 15 if they […]

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California Launches Open Enrollment With New Initiatives That Make Health Insurance More Affordable for Millions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. October 17, 2019 – Covered California kicked off open enrollment Tuesday for the upcoming 2020 coverage year, which features some of the biggest changes in the exchange’s history. “Open enrollment is underway, and now is the time to sign up for quality health coverage that will begin on Jan. 1,” said Covered California […]

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California’s Initiatives Will Lead to Hundreds of Thousands Gaining Health Care Coverage With Lower Premiums and New Financial Help

SACRAMENTO, Calif. July 9, 2019 – Covered California unveiled its preliminary rates for the upcoming 2020 coverage year, revealing how consumers will benefit from new state initiatives, and announced that a major carrier will be expanding into new areas and providing consumers with more choice. The preliminary average rate change for California’s individual market will […]

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Covered California Plan Selections Remain Steady at 1.5 Million, but a Significant Drop in New Consumers Signals Need to Restore Penalty

SACRAMENTO, Calif. January 31, 2019 – Covered California announced that more than 1.5 million consumers selected a health plan for 2019 coverage during the most recent open-enrollment period, a figure in line with last year’s total. There was a 7.5 percent increase in the number of existing consumers renewing their coverage and a 23.7 percent […]

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