|December 19 Deadline for January 1 Coverage
Healthcare.gov (federal exchange) exteded the deadline for a January 1, 2017 coverage start date. In order to reduce confusion for consumers, Covered California has decided to align with the federal exchange and extend the deadline to the same date.
Consumers will now have until Monday, December 19 at midnight (PST) to enroll for January 1, 2017 coverage. Plans selected after this time may have a February 1 or March 1, 2017 coverage start date.
Review our press release for further details regarding this additional deadline extension.
Online Application System (CalHEERS) Update
Due to the quick deadline change there will be a discrepancy on the Eligibility Results page in CalHEERS. Users will still see a note indicating a plan must be selected by December 15, 2016 for January 1, 2017 coverage. Please note: CalHEERS will automatically provide a
January 1, 2017 coverage start date, as long as a plan selection is made on December 19, 2016.
Covered California Service Centers
To assist Agents working through last minute applications we have extended hours of operation leading up to the December 19 deadline. Agents can contact the Agent Service Center at 877-453-9198.
Agent Service Center
If you have consumers that need last minute application support and you are unable to assist them after hours, have them contact the Covered California Consumer Service Center for the Individual Marketplace at 800-300-1506.
Consumer Service Center for the Individual Marketplace
Register Today: Anthem Blue Cross Member Experience Webinar
On Tuesday, December 20, 2016 the Outreach and Sales team will be joined by the Covered California Qualified Health Plan, Anthem Blue Cross. Attend this webinar to learn more about and the Anthem Blue Cross member experience and the resources available to consumers and Certified Enrollers. Review our Webinar Registration and Closed Captioning Quick Guide with instructions on how to register and access closed captioning.
Sunday, December 18 from 7:00 p.m. to Monday, December 19, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.
December 14, 2016
Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline as Consumer Interest Continues to Grow
- Consumers now have until midnight on Dec. 17 to sign up for health care coverage that will begin on Jan. 1.
- More than 25,000 new consumers selected a plan during the past two days, which is more than enrolled at this time last year.
- Open-enrollment plan selections continue to surge ahead of last year’s pace.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Thanks to a strong increase in demand, Covered California is giving consumers more time to sign up for health coverage that will start on Jan. 1.
Over the past two days, Covered California has seen nearly double the number of new consumers enroll compared to the same two days last year. More than 11,000 consumers signed up on Monday and nearly 14,000 signed up on Tuesday. The two-day total of more than 25,000 new enrollees surpasses the number of consumers who signed up between Dec. 12 and 13, 2015, when more than 13,000 consumers enrolled.
The surge in enrollment brings this year’s total to more than 153,000 new enrollees. In comparison, Covered California had 144,000 people sign up by this time last year.
“This strong demand shows that Californians are using the competitive marketplace that Covered California provides,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California. “We are ahead of last year’s pace and are giving our Service Center staff and certified enrollers the time they need to bring health care coverage to thousands more.”
Consumers now have until midnight on Saturday, Dec.17 to sign up and have their coverage start on Jan. 1.
Consumers interested in enrolling online can do so by first getting quotes here. Steve Shorr will be happy to help them.
Open enrollment runs through Jan. 31, 2017. Consumers who enroll after the Dec. 17 deadline will have their coverage start on either Feb. 1 or March 1.
About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s health insurance marketplace, where Californians can find affordable, high-quality insurance from top insurance companies. Covered California is the only place where individuals who qualify can get financial assistance on a sliding scale to reduce premium costs. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Depending on their income, some consumers may qualify for the low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal program.
In addition, small business owners can purchase affordable health insurance for their employees through Covered California for Small Business.
Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the health insurance marketplace work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the governor and the legislature. For more information about Covered California, please email [email protected] Source
Covered CA – Agent Alert
Despite health law uncertainty, more than 25,000 new consumers chose new plans in just two days this week. (Pauline Bartolone, 12/15)
Summaries Of The News:
Covered California & The Health Law
Officials are citing a “strong increase in demand” as the reason for the extra two days.
The Mercury News: Midnight Saturday Is First Deadline For 2017 Covered California Plans
Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has extended the 2017 enrollment deadline to midnight Saturday for those who want their coverage to start on Jan. 1. Anyone signing up after that — and through the Jan. 31 deadline — won’t see their plan kick in until either Feb. 1 or March 1. (Seipel, 12/14)
San Francisco Business Journal: Covered California Extends Signups Deadline To Saturday
Those interested in purchasing health insurance coverage through Covered California that begins on Jan. 1 will have two more days to do so. The state’s health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act is extending its deadline to purchase coverage to midnight Saturday — moving the deadline up from midnight Thursday, according to spokesman James Scullary. Officials said they extended the deadline due to the high volume of people signing up for insurance. (Patton, 12/14)
KPCC: Covered California Extends Enrollment Deadline By 2 Days
Covered California is extending its deadline to enroll for health insurance coverage that begins January 1st. The new deadline is midnight on Saturday, December 17th. “Many of our insurance agents are saying their stores are full—they’re booked,” said Peter Lee, Covered California’s executive director. (Browne, 12/14)
Ventura County Star: Obamacare Numbers Rise Despite Trump’s Plan
President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to pull the plug on the Affordable Care Act has not stopped people in Ventura County and elsewhere from enrolling in plans through the marketplace created by the controversial law, said local and statewide officials. Leaders of Covered California, the state exchange created through the reform dubbed “Obamacare,” said more than 25,000 Californians enrolled in plans for 2017 on Monday and Tuesday alone. The 153,000 total new enrollees compares to 144,000 people at the same time last year. (Kisken, 12/14)
Orange County Register: Number Of Uninsured In State Hits New Low As Covered California Deadline Is Extended
California’s uninsured population has plunged to a historic low of 9.5 percent, according to data released Wednesday by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. In Orange County, the uninsured rate was 9.6 percent, the lowest rate since county data was first collected in 2001. The information comes from the 2015 California Health Interview Survey, which queried 21,444 households. (Perkes, 12/14)
The Washington Post: Sign-Ups For 2017 Affordable Care Act Health Plans Run Slightly Ahead Of Last Year
The number of Americans signing up for 2017 health plans through HealthCare.gov is running slightly ahead of a year ago, even as President-elect Donald Trump and a Republican Congress prepare to dismantle the law that provides the coverage. Customers new to the Affordable Care Act marketplaces account for just 25 percent of the enrollment so far, however, compared with almost 40 percent at about the same time last year, according to figures released Wednesday by federal health officials. (Goldstein, 12/14)