New deadlines announced for Covered California applications and premium payments.

Posted by on Dec 18, 2013 in Important News | 0 comments

When do I have to enroll and pay if I want my coverage to start January 1st?

You can apply for Covered California at any time during the open enrollment period – through

March 31, 2014 – but to have your health coverage start on January 1, 2014, Covered California must receive your complete application no later than December 23, 2013 and your health plan must receive your first month’s premium payment by January 6, 2014.


How do I apply?

You can apply online, by phone or by mail. You can also get in-person assistance completing your

application.  Covered California’s service center is experiencing high call and mail volumes, so the best way to ensure coverage starting January 1, 2014 is to apply online or with in-person assistance. Apply online. By applying on- line or with in-person help, you can be sure your application is complete.  If applying with a paper application, make sure you pick a health plan when you apply and that you send it to Covered California to be received by December 23rd.


How will I get my premium bill and insurance cards?

Your health plan will send your first premium bill directly to you, as well as insurance cards once

your premium is paid. We encourage you to pay as soon as you can once you receive your bill but no later than January 6th.


How can I pay my premium?

You need to pay the health plan you enrolled in.  You can pay your premium bill by mail – but be sure you send it so the plan will receive your payment by January 6th.  Your health plan may also accept payment through the phone or online, which will be faster than mailing your payment. Contact your health plan for more information about payment options.


What if I don’t enroll by December 23rd or pay by January 6th?

If you don’t enroll to have coverage start on January 1st, you can still get covered.  Open enrollment

extends through March 31, 2014, so you can still get coverage starting in February, March, April or May. See the chart below for upcoming deadlines and coverage start dates.


Covered California receives

complete application

Health plan receives first premium


Coverage starts
December 23, 2013 January 6, 2014 January 1, 2014
January 15, 2014 January 28, 2014 February 1, 2014
February 15, 2014 February 25, 2014 March 1, 2014
March 15, 2014 March 26, 2014

April 1, 2014

March 31, 2014* April 25, 2014

May 1, 2014

*March 31, 2014 is the last day of open enrollment

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