Congressmember Salud Carbajal and Dana Gamble of County Public Health have emphasized the affordability of health insurance during open enrollment for returning customers and new enrollees through January 31. Some income groups can pay as low as $10 a month for coverage. Carbajal also mentioned that only eight percent of Americans are uninsured for health coverage, which is the lowest uninsured rate in U.S. history. He added that he helped pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which extended subsidies to lower premiums for middle-class and working-class families, allowing four out of five Americans to find a plan for $10 a month or less.
Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act is open from November 1 to January 31, but those already enrolled must meet the December 15 deadline to maintain uninterrupted coverage. Failing to do so results in an income tax fee based on family size. For instance, an individual making $2,500 a month who misses the deadline could expect to pay a $700 fee next year. It’s important to note that missing the sign-up period means the next opportunity to sign up for Covered California will be in October 2024.
Individuals looking for more information can visit the Covered California website or call (800) 300-0213 in English or Spanish.