Apply for Health Coverage through Covered California
Covered California is a new health insurance marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, where individuals, families, and small businesses can compare health plan options and purchase insurance. Low- and middle-income households may be eligible for financial assistance, on a sliding scale, to help cover a portion of their premiums and out-of-pocket costs. In Santa Clara County, Covered California is offering the following health plans: Valley Health Plan, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser, Blue Shield, and HealthNet.
Apply for Covered California health plans online at www.coveredca.com or by calling 1-800-300-1506 (interpretation services are available in most languages). For individuals and families who would like in-person assistance with a Covered California application, click here for a list of organizations available to provide face-to-face application assistance within Santa Clara County. Learn more about Covered California options for small businesses by clicking here.
NOTE: The open enrollment period for Covered California plans ends on March 31, 2014. To buy insurance outside open enrollment, you must qualify for a special enrollment period due to a major life event such as birth or adoption of a child, marriage, divorce, or loss of a job. The next open enrollment period begins in October 2014 for coverage in 2015.
How does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) affect your taxes?
The San Mateo County Health Care Reform Meeting recently held an ACA Taxes webinar provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Please watch the recorded webinar to learn about:
The Affordable Care Act 2014 Marketplace Tax Provisions:
- Individual Shared Responsibility Provision (IRC 5000A)
- Premium Tax Credit (IRC 36B)
- Small Business Health Care Tax Credit (IRC 45R)
The Webinar concludes with a Question and Answer Session with a healthcare Tax Expert.
Webinar: Affordable Act Taxes
Are you eligible for Medi-Cal?
Medi-Cal is California’s primary public health insurance program serving low-income children, adults, pregnant women, people with disabilities and others. To determine if you are eligible and/or to apply for Medi-Cal:
- Call 408-758-3800;
- Visit the Santa Clara County Social Services Agency’s Benefits Assistance Center at 1867 Senter Road, San Jose, 95112; or
- Apply online at www.mybenefitscalwin.org
Do your kids qualify for Healthy Kids?
Healthy Kids is a local health insurance program for children up to age 19 who meet certain family income requirements and do not qualify for Medi-Cal. Citizenship or legal immigration status is not required. Click here for more information or call 877-688-7234.
Need Health Consumer Assistance?
Bay Area Legal Aid’s Health Consumer Center is offering free legal services to Bay Area residents with health access needs. They provide legal advice related to understanding your rights and obligations under the Affordable Care Act and Covered California; problems getting or keeping public programs such as Medi-Cal, Denti-Cal, Medicare, In-Home Supportive Services, Paratransit and County Health Programs; as well as problems getting or keeping private health insurance coverage, services, or treatment. Free legal advice is available in all languages. Call 1-855-693-7285. Open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.