The agency says payments must be received by Jan. 15, not just postmarked before that date.
#CoveredCA health plans have extended the deadline for the first month's payment to Jan. 15.— Covered California (@CoveredCA) January 5, 2014
The nine-day payment extension comes after the number of consumers signing up for insurance on California's health insurance exchange surged late last year, overwhelming the agency's website and call centers.
In late December, Covered California said more than 400,000 people had signed up for policies through the exchange.
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Sacramento area residents who plan to sign up for health insurance before the enrollment deadline can do so in-person this Saturday.
Today's column focuses on tips for people who signed up for a health insurance plan but can't get the coverage they signed up and paid for.
If you're looking for a new health care plan, you might want to pay close attention to a new state report being released today. The report shows how different insurance networks and medical groups do in managing health conditions.
(AP) -- Covered California is being criticized for lackluster efforts to sign up Latinos and for continued paperwork problems that have left some consumers in limbo.
Parents will have an easier time buying dental insurance for their children under changes made by the Covered California online health exchange.