Covered California will extend open enrollment - Spidell

Covered California will extend open enrollment

Effective March 20, Covered California opened the health insurance exchange to any eligible uninsured individuals who need health care coverage amid the COVID-19 national emergency. (Covered California Press Release (March 20, 2020)) Individuals who meet Covered California’s eligibility requirements, which are similar to those in place during the annual open-enrollment period, can sign up for coverage through June 30.

We are unaware of any changes to the penalty provisions, which assess a penalty for each California resident to have health insurance. The penalty period was moved up to March 31, although open enrollment was extended to April 30.