In an effort to address the ramifications of unprecedented job loss due to COVID-19, Covered California is extending Open Enrollment to sign up for health insurance through July 31.
“The ongoing challenges of COVID-19 make it vital that we help Californians get into and stay in Medi-Cal and Covered California health coverage. The goal is to make it easier to access needed care and services during these difficult times,” said Will Lightbourne, director of the Department of Health Care Services.
The Open Enrollment also applies to off-exchange plans. Medi-Cal renewal reviews are also being suspended indefinitely in light of the pandemic to assure those receiving assistance will not lose coverage. New state subsidies that went into effect at the beginning of the year may help more people qualify for premium assistance. Depending on where you are on the Federal Poverty Level chart determines the amount of assistance you will get. While most states cap the amount at 400% of the FPL, California has increased it to 600% of the FPL.