Covered California says people who start a health insurance application through the exchange by March 31, will have until April 15 to finish the paperwork.
Executive Director Peter Lee says he wants to accommodate the overwhelming enrollment interest seen this week.
“Tuesday, we saw more accounts opened than any day, including at the peak of December when we saw a lot of enrollment," says Lee. "We saw in the first two days of this week, on Monday and Tuesday, more than 39,000 people that went all the way through to plan selection. That’s more people than enrolled or selected a plan in the entire month of October.”
Lee says high traffic is slowing down the website. He recommends getting in-person help from an enrollment counselor or insurance agent.
Uninsured people who miss this week’s deadline will have to wait until next year to get insurance, and may face a tax penalty.
Covered California says it’s allowing people an extra couple of weeks to finish enrolling if they start their application by this March 31.
Covered California is reassuring consumers they will have health insurance through 2016 if they enroll in United Healthcare plan. United warned yesterday it may pull out of Obamacare because it’s losing money.
Governor Jerry Brown’s administration says it will continue to work on a plan to overhaul the way health insurers are taxed in California.
An increasing number of Californians are going to the doctor simply by sitting in front of their computers.
Health care workers are more likely to experience dangerous workplace situations than people in other industries. But new rules in California are designed to address the problem.
One of the highest paid California state employees’ unions has tentatively agreed to contribute a portion of members' salaries to retiree health benefits.