Extra time offered to Covered California applicants


covered californiaSACRAMENTO — Customers who try to enroll in the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, by today’s deadline will get an additional four days to finish their applications, Covered California announced this morning.

“Experience tells us that people wait until the last day to sign up for health insurance, and we do not want to leave anyone behind,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “Health care is so important, and people should not miss this opportunity to get coverage if they get caught up in a wave of last-minute shoppers.”

Between Feb. 1 and Feb. 4, consumers who started an application can complete the process with help from a certified insurance agent, service center representative or community enrollment partner. Enrollment partners include certified enrollment counselors, certified application counselors and plan-based enrollers.

Applicants who finish the process by Feb. 4 will have their health care coverage start on March 1.

Financial assistance is available to consumers who need help paying for coverage. The financial help allows 60 percent of consumers to get a Bronze plan for less than $10 per month, and 50 percent of consumers to get a Silver plan for less than $100 per month. Nearly nine out of every 10 Covered California enrollees receive some level of financial assistance.

Consumers interested in enrolling online can do so on CoveredCA.com.

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