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Covered California Deadline Is Earlier This Year

You have until Tuesday, January 15 to sign up.

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
January 12, 2019 - 7:00 am
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The deadline to sign up for health insurance this year with Covered California, the state’s provider for what’s commonly known as “Obamacare,” is Tuesday, January 15 — two weeks earlier than it was last year.

With time running out, Covered California is launching a statewide push to get everyone who is eligible to sign up. 

“It’s the drop dead deadline,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee to KCBS Radio. The window closes until open enrollment begins October 15 for 2020 plans, Lee said. 

Lee stressed that California is committed to making insurance affordable, even for those who don’t usually qualify for financial assistance. “[If] you make a little bit more than you’re eligible for subsidies, doesn’t mean that health care is magically affordable,” said Lee.

He noted that California is the first state in the nation to ensure that the working middle class, who struggle to make ends meet in expensive areas like San Francisco and Silicon Valley, can still afford their rising insurance premiums.

For more information, visit the Covered California website.