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.
On Oct. 15, Covered California
launched open enrollment for the 2020 coverage year, with
restoration of the individual mandate and the new state subsidy
program for middle-income Californians who previously did not
qualify for financial help because their income exceeded federal