Time is running out for Californians to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. March 31 marks the end of open enrollment.
If you are interested in enrolling, please don’t wait until the last minute. The sooner an applicant enrolls the better. Consumer interest in health care is high and demand is expected to rise in during that final week.
After March 31, a late fee of $95 per family, or 1 percent of household income, will be assessed. March 31 is also the last day for people to buy coverage through Covered California for 2014. When open enrollment begins this fall, it will be for 2015 policies, only.
In San Diego County, as of the end of last month, nearly 64,000 people had enrolled in the Affordable Care Act program. Almost 1 million people have enrolled statewide. For many, this step represented their first health care coverage ever. For others, it represented a less-expensive alternative, or simply an alternative plan.
No matter what your opinion of the Affordable Care Act might be, close to 64,000 people in San Diego County alone are now covered by the program.
The County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency is the region’s largest provider of health and social services to low-income people and serves roughly 750,000 recipients of Medi-Cal (Medicaid), CalFresh (nutrition assistance), CALWORKS (welfare to work), Foster Care Aid and Adoption Services.
I am proud of the county’s strong contributions to ensuring public health. Decisions we make today in preventive care help to ensure healthy citizens for decades to come. Access to affordable medical care is a critical component for healthy communities.
To start a policy through the Affordable Care Act on April 1, March 15 is the deadline to pick a plan, according to a White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs Update. The first payment is due March 26. That payment varies according to coverage.
For enrollment information, call 211.