Updated: 2021-01-29 by
It's not too late to sign up for 2021 health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, California health-plan enrollment is open until May 15.
To get covered, you can go directly to the online health insurance marketplace for California. If you need personalized help, you can reach out to an enrollment assistant. Most enrollment helpers are working remotely during the COVID crisis.
Where's the California Health Care Exchange?
You can find the health insurance exchange for California at Covered California. This is where you can learn about the various health insurance options available to you under the Affordable Care Act. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online.
Getting Personalized Help with Enrollment
In California, if you need help understanding your options for coverage under Obamacare or signing up for a plan, you can get free assistance from a certified enrollment counselor or from a licensed health insurance agent or broker.
Enrollment counselors can explain your options, answer your questions, and help you apply for the plan you choose -- but they can't recommend a specific plan for you.
To find an enrollment counselor, go to Find Help at Covered California. You can then search for a certified helper in your area.
Private insurance agents or brokers can also help you understand your health care coverage options under Obamacare. Unlike government-trained assistants, they are allowed to suggest the best plan for you.
To directly connect with a California insurance broker who can help you evaluate insurance plans and choose a plan that's appropriate for your situation, call 800-943-6832. (We receive advertising income from the licensed brokers who offer their services through this telephone number.)
Getting Help Online or by Phone
If you want to get answers online or over the phone, Covered California offers the following options:
Online chat. Click here to initiate an online chat in English with a support representative.
Telephone support. The toll-free number for Covered California is 1-800-300-1506. If you are hearing impaired, please call the TTY line: 888-889-4500.
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