As the state of California is taking action on many fronts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) joined together to make sure that those losing employment would have a ready path to coverage — whether through Medi-Cal or the plans offered through Covered California. Effective Friday, March 20, Covered California opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individuals who need health care coverage. Anyone who meets Covered California’s eligibility requirements, which are similar to those in place during the annual open-enrollment period, can sign up for coverage through July 31, 2020. Covered California is also working with California’s Employment Development Department (EDD) to inform the uninsured that they can get health care coverage through the exchange or Medi-Cal.
The Beach Cities Health District continues to be a Certified Enrollment Entity and offers enrollment assistance and support for individuals applying for Covered California and Medi-Cal. Please contact (310) 374-3426 ext. 256 for assistance.
Special Enrollment is Open Now
Beach Cities residents now have access to health insurance coverage through Covered California. Covered California is a marketplace where individuals and families may get financial assistance to make health coverage more affordable. Residents also have the ability to compare and choose health coverage that best fits their needs and budget. Additionally by law, coverage can no longer be dropped or denied, even if the patient has a pre-existing medical condition or becomes sick.
People who experience a qualifying life event can newly enroll in a health plan through Covered California even outside the open-enrollment period. Currently enrolled members who experience a qualifying life event can change their coverage or choose a new plan. This is called special enrollment. Click here to see whether you qualify for special enrollment.
Even if you only need coverage for a few months, look to Covered California throughout the year for your health insurance needs.
For more information or to shop for health insurance, visit www.coveredca.com.
Need help navigating the online application?
Beach Cities Health District's team of Certified Enrollment Counselors are available to help residents of Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach one-on-one, in-person at no cost. Call 310-374-3426, ext. 256 to schedule an appointment.