Covered California announced today that individuals who have started an online application by March 31 will have until April 15 to complete their application and to select a Covered California health plan. Note this applies to online applications only.
Individuals who start an online application by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2014 will have until 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2014 to complete their application and select a plan. To start an application, individuals must take at least the following steps:
- Create an online account.
- Complete all required information on the “Apply for Benefits” page and click on “Continue.” The page contains two required fields.
- After clicking on “Continue,” the individual will be taken to the “Consent for Verification” page, where they need to click on “Save & Exit” or “Continue.”
- Individuals must return to their online account no later than April 15 to complete the application and select a plan.
Individuals who complete their applications, and make their premium payment on time, will get coverage beginning May 1and avoid the tax penalty for lack of insurance. Click here for information about how to pay and payment deadlines.
Again, the open enrollment completion period applies only to online applications. Paper applications must be completed (including plan selection) and postmarked by March 31, 2014 in order to meet the open enrollment deadline for Covered California health plans.