Covered CA for Small Business (CCSB) is actively monitoring the evolving COVID-19 situation and are working to ensure quality care and resources. As part of this effort, CCSB is communicating an update from Covered California Individual Exchange regarding their special enrollment period extension.
In a press release on March 20, 2020, Covered California has announced an expanded special enrollment for its Individual Exchange. Effective immediately, anyone uninsured and eligible to enroll in health care coverage through Covered California can sign up through the end of June.
Additionally, all medically necessary screening and testing for COVID-19 will be free of charge, and all health plans available through Medi-Cal and Covered California offer telehealth options.
As the state of California is taking action on many fronts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Covered California and the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) joined together to make sure that those losing employment would have a ready path to coverage.
What this means for employees losing coverage
If a group has an employee who is losing coverage, they can seek coverage options through this special enrollment extension with Covered California. Any eligible uninsured individuals who need health care coverage amid the COVID-19 national emergency can utilize this special enrollment extension to sign up for coverage through June 30.
Financial assistance may be available for individuals
In addition, individuals who sign up through CoveredCA.com may find out that they are eligible for no-cost or low-cost coverage through Medi-Cal, which they can enroll in online.
Staying safe while getting help enrolling
Individuals can easily find out if they are eligible for Medi-Cal or other forms of financial help and see which plans are available in their area by using the CoveredCA.Com Shop and Compare Tool and entering their ZIP code, household income and the ages of those who need coverage.
Those interested in learning more about their coverage options can also:
- Have a certified enroller call them and help them for free.
- Call Covered California at (800) 300-1506
The health and safety of CCSB employers and their employees is CCSB's top priority. CCSB will continue to monitor the evolving situation and keep you informed.
For questions, please contact a member of your B&P Sales Team - 888.722.3373.