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.
By the beginning of next year, the Washoe County School District will provide low-income families with health care for the first time.
Fast food workers in Sacramento and dozens of other American cities are expected to walk off the job Thursday in support of higher pay and a right to unionize.
A bill that would require health insurers in California to provide free coverage of all FDA-approved birth control methods has passed the Assembly on a party-line vote.
Californians with Covered California plans will see variations in their premiums next year. Officials urge people to shop around for plans.
California prison officials have reached a tentative deal in a lawsuit regarding the use of force against mentally ill inmates.