Covered California, the State’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, kicked off the open enrollment period with a statewide bus tour. The tour began in San Diego and ended at the Tower Bridge and the State Capitol in Sacramento stopping in large cities and small towns on its 38-stop, 2,000-mile journey.
Covered California is spotlighting enrollment because an estimated 2.2 million uninsured State residents remain eligible to get help to make their insurance affordable by enrolling in either Covered California or Medi-Cal. An estimated 750,000 uninsured Californians could enroll through Covered California.
This year, Covered California has more than 500 storefront locations Statewide where individuals can get help enrolling—that’s twice the number of locations that were available at the start of last year’s open enrollment. Although the enrollment period ends January 31, 2016, the exchange is encouraging consumers to sign up before December 15 to ensure they have coverage beginning January 1.
Those who need insurance can go to CoveredCA.com to learn about their options and find locations in their community where they can get free, confidential help enrolling.