Ana Ibarra Health

July 7, 2014

Still not insured? Here’s what you need to know

By now, most have heard of the importance of signing up for health care. The push to get Californians signed up before deadline earlier this year was almost impossible to miss. The television and radio announcements, the billboards on every other highway exit and the Affordable Care Act’s trending presence on social networking sites, seemed to work as thousands of people rushed to the Covered California website, even causing the site to crash.

By now, most have heard of the importance of signing up for health care. The push to get Californians signed up before deadline earlier this year was almost impossible to miss. The television and radio announcements, the billboards on every other highway exit and the Affordable Care Act’s trending presence on social networking sites, seemed to work as thousands of people rushed to the Covered California website, even causing the site to crash.

However, there are still thousands that remain without coverage.

Now that the second open enrollment period is nearing (Nov.15- Feb. 15), those that are uninsured have another opportunity to sign up. If you are one of those people, here is a friendly reminder of what you’ll need to have at hand while either completing enrollment by yourself through the website or enrolling with the help of a certified counselor:

A copy of your income tax documentation

Social security card of every family member

Driver’s license number or ID number

Other things to keep in mind:

Medi-Cal enrollment is open year round; there is no need to wait until November. To see if you qualify for Medi-Cal coverage, you can apply online through the Covered California site, by mail, or in person at the Human Services Agency office.

If you are currently covered through COBRA, you can apply for a health insurance plan through Covered California through July 15.

If you experience a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a child, gaining citizenship or moving to California, you may be allowed to enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan before November. This “special enrollment period” lasts 60 days from the date of the qualifying life event. A full list of qualifying life events is available at www.coveredca.com.

Sun-Star staff writer Ana B. Ibarra can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or aibarra@mercedsunstar.com.

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