By law, most people are now required to have health insurance or pay a penalty when they file their taxes. Through Covered California, a program from the state of California, qualified legal residents of California and their families can compare health insurance plans and enroll in the one that works best for their needs and budget. Financial assistance is available to qualifying individuals and families to help them pay for health insurance premiums. This means the federal government may pay a portion of the health insurance premium. Individuals and families may also qualify for Medi-Cal benefits.
Visit CoveredCA.com to learn more, compare health insurance plans, choose the one that best fits your needs and enroll online. For free, confidential, in-person help, in your area, visit http://www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.
The open-enrollment period to enroll in Covered California health insurance plans happens once a year. Once the open-enrollment period closes, you may enroll in a Covered California health plan only if you have a qualifying life event that makes you eligible to apply. Some examples of qualifying life events are: losing your health coverage, getting married, moving outside your plan’s coverage area, having a baby and turning 26. To see if you qualify, visit http://www.coveredca.com/individuals-and-families/getting-covered/special-enrollment. To enroll during this time, you must apply within 60 days of your qualifying life event.
For more information and to find free, confidential, in-person help in your area, visit http://www.CoveredCA.com/get-help/local or call (800) 300-1506.
Undocumented and non-citizen or permanent-resident parents should not fear that applying on behalf of their children or dependents, who may be eligible for health coverage, will result in deportation or other immigration-related actions. For more clarification, read the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement memo on health enrollment and immigration at:
- http://www.ice.gov/doclib/ero-outreach/pdf/ice-aca-memo.pdf in English; and
- http://www.ice.gov/espanol/factsheets/aca-memoSP in Spanish.
Healthier Kids Foundation Santa Clara
4010 Moorpark Avenue Suite 118 San Jose, CA 95117
408-564-5114 ext 204
Health Plan of San Mateo
222 39th Ave. San Mateo, CA 94403
First 5 Santa Cruz
1600 Green Hills Road Suite 101 Scotts Valley, CA 95066
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
250 Locust St. Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Clinica de Salud del Valle Salinas
440 Airport Blvd Salinas, CA 93905
18 W. Lake Avenue Watsonville, CA 95076
831-722-7121 ext. 122 or ext.105
Monterey County Benefits Office
1281 Broadway Seaside, CA 93955
Salud Para la Gente
204 E. Beach St. Watsonville, CA 95076