How To Sign Up for Obamacare in California
To sign up for a health plan under the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) you can go directly to the online health insurance marketplace for California -- or you can get help in person or over the phone.
For 2020 health plans, California open enrollment runs from October 15, 2019 to January 31, 2020.
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 Obamacare. If you see a plan you like, you'll be guided through the enrollment process online.
Getting In-Person 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 navigator (often called a "certified enrollment counselor" in California) or from a licensed health insurance agent or broker.
Navigators 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.
Private insurance agents or brokers can also help you understand your health care coverage options under Obamacare. Unlike government-trained navigators and counselors, they are allowed to suggest the best plan for you.
Talk to a licensed broker. 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 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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