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Covered California Open Enrollment has ended.

You can enroll into Covered California if you have a Qualifying Life Event!

What is a Qualifying Life Event (QLE)?: 

To enroll into coverage outside of open enrollment, you must experience a QLE. This will make you eligible for a special enrollment period, which lasts 60 days from the date of the QLE. Here are some ways you might qualify:

  • Lost or will soon lose health insurance coverage (employer coverage, Medi-Cal, COBRA)
  • Permanently moved to/within California 
  • Had a baby or adopted/fostered a child
  • Got married or entered into a domestic partnership
  • Returned for active duty military service
  • Released from jail or prison
  • Gained citizenship/lawful presence
  • Are a federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native

To learn more about QLEs, click here.

Some Important Details:

  • The penalty for not having health insurance ends in 2019. You will no longer be fined when you file your taxes for 2019 onward if you did not have health insurance. 
  • You can enroll into Medi-Cal anytime during the year if you qualify. 
  • If you have a Covered California plan but are turning 65 and eligible for Medicare, you need to contact Covered California by the 15th of the month before your birthday to cancel your plan. You cannot have both Medicare and a Covered California plan. You can do this over the phone with Covered California by calling (800) 300-1506. 
  • If you have questions regarding Medicare you can visit or connect with HICAP
  • If you have emergency/restricted scope or pregnancy related Medi-Cal, you may qualify for a new program called Path to Health. This program covers things like doctor's visits and prescriptions. Gives us a call to find out more at (530) 229-5117. Se habla espanol.

What is Outreach & Enrollment?

Our Outreach & Enrollment team attends events and community meetings to inform and educate about the services offered at SCHC. One of those FREE services is helping individuals and families with enrolling into Covered California, Medi-Cal, and Path to Health. Allow one of our Outreach & Enrollment Specialists to help you in picking the health plan that best fits your needs. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment give us a call at (530) 229-5117. We look forward to meeting you.

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