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Covered California sees increase in consumer sign up for coverage

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Posted at 12:26 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 15:26:03-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California today announced that 123,810 people have enrolled in health care coverage since the exchange announced a special-enrollment period in March.

The pace of sign-ups during this time has been nearly 2.5 times higher than the level seen during the same period in 2019.

“When the worst is happening in people’s personal economic lives, we want to make sure that Californians know they can have the peace of mind that comes with quality health care coverage,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California. “Whether Californians have lost job-based health insurance coverage, or they were uninsured when this pandemic began, our doors are wide open to help them get coverage through either Covered California or Medi-Cal.”

The enrollment data covers the period from March 20, when Covered California opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individuals who needed health care coverage amid the COVID-19 emergency, to May 16.

Overall, since Covered California ended its open-enrollment period on Jan. 31, 191,380 people signed up for coverage through May 16, which is nearly two times as many as seen during the same time period as last year.

Consumers can easily enroll online and find out whether they are eligible for financial help through Covered California or if they are eligible for no-cost or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal.

People who sign up through Covered California will have their coverage begin on the first day of the following month.

“In this time of social distancing, people should know that health insurance is only a phone call away,” Lee said. “Consumers can get free and confidential assistance from certified agents or one of Covered California’s trained professionals while remaining safe and protecting themselves and their families.”

Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506 for more information.