On Oct. 1, 2013, Covered California began enrolling eligible Californians for health insurance coverage that will take effect on January 1, 2014. Families who do not have health insurance from their employer or another government program (such as Medi-Cal), or for whom that form of insurance is not affordable, may qualify for help with premiums.
Covered California, California’s new health insurance marketplace, makes it easier for families to compare plans and buy health insurance. Individuals and small employers and their employees can choose the health plan and provider that gives them the best value and compare options all in one place.
The new options also benefit young children and their families. Health care plans under Covered California include check-ups and most preventive care for free. Insurance companies also cannot to deny care to children and adults because they are currently sick or have been sick in the past.
Through California Covered, health insurance premium subsidies are available for individuals and families with incomes up to $92,200 per year (for a family of four) to help cover the cost of health insurance premiums.
The open-enrollment period for coverage during 2014 ends on March 31, 2014 (if you are eligible for Medi-Cal, the open enrollment period does not matter) so you still have time to explore the many health care options on Covered California’s website and start the online application process with a click of the mouse.
Reminder: Last day to choose a plan for coverage that begins April 1 is March 15.
New Option for Over 700,000 Californians to Express Enroll in Medi-Cal
The State is notifying 153,000 children and 550,000 adults currently enrolled in CalFresh that they are eligible for express enrollment in Medi-Cal this month. This is an exciting opportunity to quickly enroll a huge number of Californians in health insurance, but eligible individuals must contact DHCS to accept this coverage.
They’ll have three ways to enroll- sign and return the form that comes with their notification letter, call a toll-free number, or go online – no application or additional paperwork is needed. Organizations can help by making sure families know what to do if they get a letter in the mail. Click here for a fact sheet with more information.
To accept coverage, families can:
-Sign and return the letter using the enclosed form
-Call 1-844-212-0003 and reference the PIN on their letter
-Go to dhcs.ca.gov/ExpressLane and enter the PIN on their letter
Parents Start Here
For information from Covered California on health insurance for parents and families click here or call 1-888-975-1142.
ALL IN, a project of the Children’s Partnership and is a campaign to inform millions of people in the school community who are uninsured about health coverage options and help them enroll. This includes children, parents, school and child- care employees, and after-school staff. Tool Kits for parents and school leaders available in English and Spanish. Click here to download.
More information can be found at www.allinforhealth.org.
The Children’s Partnership is a national, non-profit child advocacy organization that focuses on the goals of ensuring that all children have the health care they need and that the opportunities afforded by computing devices and the Internet benefit all children and families.