CHA News Article

Covered California, DHCS Release Data for 2015 Open Enrollment
Consumers enrolling faster in 2014 early open enrollment than in 2013

Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced last week that more than 290,000 new consumers submitted applications and were determined eligible for private health insurance or Medi-Cal in the early weeks of open enrollment, enrolling at a much faster pace than they did this time last year. The consumers, who applied for coverage through Covered California since open enrollment began Nov. 15, include 48,952 Covered California plan selections and 81,287 eligibility determinations through Dec. 3, as well as 116,262 enrollments into Medi-Cal coverage, and 44,295 who are likely eligible for Medi-Cal. So far in 2014, Medi-Cal has enrolled more than 2.2 million consumers.

Open enrollment began Nov. 15 and will run through Feb. 15, 2015. Yesterday was the last day for consumers to enroll for coverage that starts Jan. 1; the first premium must be received by health plans by Dec. 26 for coverage to begin Jan. 1. Jan. 15 is the last day for individuals to enroll for coverage that starts Feb. 1, with the first premium due to the health plan by Jan. 27. For coverage to begin March 1, Feb. 15 is the last day to enroll , and health plans must receive the first premium by Feb. 24.  Subsequent enrollment will be Oct. 15 – Dec. 7 each year.

Although private insurance sold through Covered California is only available during open enrollment for most consumers, Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round. Individuals may apply for Medi-Cal online, through the Covered California web portal, via mail by completing a streamlined application and in person by visiting a county social services office.