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Covered California: Health Insurance Deadline Looms

The deadline to apply for health coverage is April 15 in order to be covered by the May 1 deadline.

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Authorities are reminding Californians without health insurance they have less than a week to sign up for it and avoid a tax penalty.

Originally, the deadline for getting coverage through the state's first open enrollment period was March 31. However, a flood of interest in low-cost insurance through Covered California caused the system's website and phone lines to jam.

[Related article: County Libraries Resume Health Insurance Enrollment Events…]

To compensate for the technical issues, Covered California is allowing consumers until April 15 to apply for health coverage starting May 1.

Consumers must explain that they were unable to get through to the state health exchange on March 31 in order to qualify for the extension.

By Bay City News Service

lubov mazur April 11, 2014 at 01:11 PM
There is no deadline if you go through an agent. It's free and a lot easier than trying to use the miserable website yourself. Go to www.coveredca.com and start the process. Somewhere along the way there is a get help button in the upper right. It takes you to a page where you can choose an agent. I chose Christiane Broner and got it all done easily.
Kyoko Takayama April 12, 2014 at 10:05 AM
The deadline applies to those who use Insurance Agent as well. If you had a problem with calling or creating an account on Mar 31, you need to see agents or enrollment counselors to complete your applications by Apr 15 midnight.
lubov mazur April 13, 2014 at 04:39 AM
According to my agent you can still enroll if you go through an agent. Same goes for people outside the country who return after March 31.
Kyoko Takayama April 15, 2014 at 05:55 PM
If you are Medi-Cal eligible or have a life event https://www.coveredca.com/coverage-basics/special-enrollment/ you can keep enrolling. However CoveredCA Open Enrollment period will close today. Finish it if you started it, and we can help you at Castro Valley Library 4-7PM today.

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