Covered California announced last
week that more than 58,000 consumers have enrolled in health
insurance coverage through the exchange since it established a
“Special Enrollment Period” in response to the COVID-19
pandemic. The enrollment data cover a three-week period
from March 20, the date the Special Enrollment Period was
launched, through April 7.
Beginning this year, Californians who don’t have health insurance
will be required to pay a penalty. To help consumers understand
the penalty they may owe if they forgo qualifying health
coverage, the Franchise Tax Board has launched an
individual mandate penalty estimator, as well as a
penalty fact sheet that can be shared with consumers.
Covered California this week
released new data at the halfway point of its current
open-enrollment period. As of Dec. 16, about 230,000 consumers
had selected a plan, representing an increase of approximately
16% over the same time last year. In addition, more than 1
million people have renewed their plans for the upcoming year.