Covered California

California Marches Forward to Making Health Insurance Affordable for Everyone

The Golden State's version of the federal Affordable Care Act has hit the ground running. Covered California has officially started open enrollment to provide affordable, high quality health care coverage to its citizens in an open marketplace. Californians who sign up in 2013 will start their health care coverage on January 1, 2014, although residents can sign up through March 31, 2014. Covered California is aimed at uninsured Californians, but anyone who is eligible can sign up and no one can be denied or penalized for a pre-existing condition. In addition, you could be eligible for federal subsidies to help pay premiums if your family qualifies for financial assistance. Those who are happy with their current health insurance can keep the coverage they already have. Watch this Assembly Access video for more details. To enroll, visit or call (800) 300-1506.

Assemblymember Daly Talks About the Affordable Health Care Act in California

(Sacramento) -- The federal Affordable Care Act will ensure health care coverage for many who previously could not afford health insurance. California's version of the ACA is called, "Covered California." Open enrollment for Covered California starts October 1, 2013. In this PSA, California State Assemblymember Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) is urging eligible Californians to take advantage of this affordable health insurance for themselves and their families. Learn more in this Assembly Access Video.

Affordable Care Act in California

On March 23, 2010, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. The Affordable Care Act will protect consumers, make coverage more affordable, and expand health care access. Starting January 2014, most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty.

California was the first state in the nation to enact legislation to start implementing the Affordable Care Act. It created Covered California, a marketplace where Californians can buy health coverage that cannot be denied or canceled if they are sick or have pre-existing health conditions. Starting January 2014, Californians will have access to quality health coverage through Covered California, with pre-enrollment commencing in October 2013.

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Why Enroll?

Guaranteed, affordable, high quality health insurance
is on its way! From now on:

Rates are based on your salary, not health status

Coverage cannot be dropped or denied because of a pre-existing condition

Those who qualify will receive financial aid

FREE preventive care

Young adults can stay on their parents’ health insurance until they are 26 years old

How to Enroll?

Experts will help you enroll and compare health plans to find the right one for you. You can enroll starting October 1st through March 2014:

In person: Attend the next Enrollment Workshop in your area


By phone: (888) 975-1142

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