Covered California has kicked off Open Enrollment today


EUREKA, Calif.(KIEM)- Today covered California has kicked off its 2022 open enrollment period. Under the American rescue plan, California was signed to increase financial assistance and lower health coverage premiums. Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee held a conference today.

 The California Care Act had a record enrollment number of those currently enrolled in Covered California. Primarily due to the pandemic and the recession sparked by the pandemic.

“As we speak, Congress is considering the Bill Back Better Plan that would continue the expansion of subsidies that build in the Affordable Care Act, for many years beyond 2022,” said Peter V. Lee, Executive Director with Covered California. 

The American Rescue Plan currently has over 1.4 million Californians benefiting from it. There are 575 thousand uninsured Californians who are eligible to receive significant savings. And 260 thousand individuals that pay directly to insurance companies can save thousands by switching to covered California. 

“Healthcare in America should be a right, not a privilege, and in California, we took that very seriously, and Covered California is one of the ways we make it a reality,” said  Xavier Becerra, Secretary at U.S Department of Health and Human Services. 

Middle-class consumers have newly available financial help from the affordable care act. Families that earn more than 100 thousand dollars a year can be eligible for assistance and save on average 800 per month on their premiums.

“But if you wonder if you don’t qualify for covered California benefits, I still urge you to go on to the website see what you qualify for your discovery, because of the way California does this if you are eligible to medicate, medical one and three Californians are on the medical program,” said Dr. Mark Ghaly, Secretary with California Health and Human Services. 

Open enrollment has a more extended period than in the past; individuals will have till January 15 to enroll. But if you would like the coverage by January 1, the deadline to enroll is December 15.

If you want to get more information or enroll, visit or call (800) 300-1506.

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