The deadline to enroll in health insurance coverage through Covered California is fast approaching. Congressmember Salud Carbajal and Dana Gamble of County Public Health discussed the importance of open enrollment, emphasizing that it is a great opportunity for both returning customers and new enrollees to obtain affordable health coverage.
They also noted that only eight percent of Americans are currently uninsured, which is the lowest uninsured rate in U.S. history. This is largely due to the Affordable Care Act, which has extended subsidies to lower premiums for middle-class and working-class families. As a result, four out of five Americans can now find a plan for $10 a month or less.
It’s important to note that enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is open from November 1 to January 31, but for those already enrolled, the deadline to keep uninterrupted coverage is December 15. Missing this deadline can result in an income tax fee based on family size. For example, an individual making $2,500 a month who misses the deadline could expect to pay a $700 fee next year.
If you miss the sign-up period for Covered California, you will have to wait until October 2024 to sign up again. So it’s important not to miss this opportunity to obtain affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage for yourself and your family.
For more information in English and Spanish, individuals can visit the Covered California website or call (800) 300-0213.