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Covered California FAQs

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:

County Enrollment Assistance Resource Information for Covered California and Medi-Cal:

San Bernardino

San Bernadino Employment and Training Agency
600 North Arrowhead Suite 300 San Bernardino, CA 92401

Whitney Young Family Health Center
1755 Maple Street San Bernardino, CA 92411

Los Angeles

L.A. Care Health Plan
Various locations. Visit website or call for details.

Los Angeles Unified School District CHAMP Health Line
LA Unified's program to enroll children into health programs


Children's Health Initiative of Orange County
1505 E 17th Street Suite 121 Santa Ana, CA 92705


CHI of Inland Empire
10801 Sixth Street Suite 120 Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
909-890-2139 | 951- 310-4944

Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo at the Desert Alliance for Community Empowerment
53990 Enterprise Way #1 Coachella, CA 92236


Children's Health Initiative of Kern County
2215 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield, CA 93301


Toiyabe Indian Health Project
52 Tu SU Lane Bishop, CA 93514
760-873-6111 x247

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