BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Today is the deadline to enroll in Covered California if you want your coverage to start at the beginning of the new year. 23ABC was joined Wednesday by Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee about their efforts to get more people enrolled.
The original deadline was December 15, but it was extended to today due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to Covered California, roughly 163,000 people in the Central Valley are eligible for financial help through Covered California.
"We've had more people going into this coverage to renew this coverage. We went out in March. COVID, we're opening our doors wide open. Too many Californians losing their jobs and healthcare coverage," Lee said. "We wanted to get everyone in. We came into open enrollment with a lot of people renewing. A lot of people are signing up."