County Reminds Residents of Looming Healthcare Enrollment Deadline

The next opportunities to get information or enroll will be 2-5 p.m. March 19 at the Novato Library and 2-5 p.m. and March 26 at the library branch inside the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael.

The following is a news release from the county of Marin: 

The deadline is closing in for new applicants to the Health Care Exchange, otherwise known as Covered California. Open enrollment for the calendar year ends on March 31.

All legal residents in the United States were required to have health insurance as of January 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act. Applicants with pre-existing medical conditions can no longer be denied coverage.

According to the latest figures, more than three million California residents have enrolled in private health plans or Medi-Cal through Covered California and hundreds of thousands more have applied but not yet completed enrollment. 

Here is how you can get insured:

1)   Call Covered California at 1-800-300-1506.

2)   Apply at www.coveredca.com. Depending on your income, you may be eligible for free or subsidized health insurance. You can calculate your monthly or annual health care costs on the website.

3)   Apply in person at one of the Marin County Health and Human Services (HHS) public assistance offices. Call 473-3400 for more information.

The Affordable Care Act does not affect coverage for people with health insurance provided through their employer or through Medicare.

Marin HHS, with the support of the Marin County Board of Supervisors, has been tirelessly working to implement new coverage by adding eligibility workers and streamlining services. County staff has held dozens of meetings and public presentations about the Affordable Care Act and remains committed to help everyone who is eligible obtain health insurance. 

The next opportunities to get information or enroll will be 2-5 p.m. March 19 at the Novato Library and 2-5 p.m. and March 26 at the library branch inside the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael. 


Visit coveredmarin.org to get updates on public presentations and the most current information about ACA implementation in Marin.

Dave Robertson March 19, 2014 at 02:01 PM
I think this article is a bit one sided. The insurance available from Covered California), in many cases) is far less than stellar. Subsidized or not, the insurance is mostly inferior to that available last year (before the ACA took effect). Unfortunately, ACA insurance is all that is available on the individual market for any price. The enrollment numbers do not reflect the people who were cancelled from perfectly good policies - and were forced to seek coverage elsewhere. In fact, many of the people enrolled through Covered California had health insurance in 2013, and were not previously uninsured. Anyway, people can also enroll through brokers or directly through the insurance companies.
Jim Caldwell March 19, 2014 at 03:23 PM
I think the County needs to make more cloyingly annoying videos.
Rico March 20, 2014 at 12:05 PM
I checked out the Covered California private insurance marketplace, they only direct shoppers to private healthcare insurance carriers on that site (some of it taxpayer subsidized). If an individual qualifies for Medi-Cal, they cannot apply for it on Covered California, they are instead instructed to contact their local County Health and Human Services office. Also, there is no law that says anyone must shop for insurance on the Covered California site, they are free to contact any insurance broker or buy directly from the insurer. Another bit of good news for poor people, if you qualify for Medi-Cal (earning under $19,000 per year adjusted gross income) and you are healthy, there is no mandate that an individual apply for Medi-Cal until they might need it, and they can apply at any time. There are no deadlines or penalties to force individuals to sign up for Medi-Cal, or Medicare either when eligible after age 65.


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