Richmond residents in need of health insurance take note: The open enrollment period for health coverage via the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka ‘Obamacare,’ just kicked off and will continue through Jan. 31, 2017.
Those who apply for health coverage through Covered California—the state’s ACA enrollment exchange— by Dec. 15, 2016, will have their coverage start Jan. 1, 2017, while those who apply after Dec. 15 will have to wait until February or March 2017 for their coverage to commence.
Although no local open enrollment events are registered on the Covered California site at this writing, the website offers an excellent one-stop resource for ACA info and coverage. Following a multimillion dollar upgrade, the website now has an increased number of call center operators and expanded call center hours—in addition to more operators who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Tagalog, Vietnamese and other languages.
Covered California provides a range of plans for people and families of all income levels; click here to visit the site.
Online at Covered California, health care purchasers can expect a six-part process that goes something like this:
Explore Your Options: Where visitors to the site can shop and compare to quickly peruse what they qualify for and the associated costs.
Compare Plans: Once visitors qualify for a Covered California plan, they can dig deeper and begin to compare plans and add the best one for them to their shopping cart.
Apply: In the next step, visitors will apply for their chosen health plan. To do so they will need their income info, ID, proof of citizenship or lawful presence, Social Security number and ZIP code.
Help: Help is at hand via phone or within one’s own community by calling 800-300-1506 or clicking “Find Local Help” on the Covered California home page.
Payment: Visitors may be able to make their initial payment online, or wait for the bill to come in the mail. Those who qualify for Medi-Cal will receive info from their county office.
Covered: Upon completing that simple process, that’s it, visitors are covered and can get the quality health care they need.
“I encourage any Richmond residents who are currently without health insurance to visit the Covered California website during the open enrollment period to explore the array of coverage options available to them,” said Kyra Worthy, For Richmond executive director.
Again, to explore the range of plans available through Covered California, visit the site here or call 1-800-300-1506.