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No Deadline Extension, Says Covered California

Dec 23, 2013

California’s health care exchange is NOT extending the same one-day enrollment grace period as the White House is for the federal exchange.  As Ben Adler reports from Sacramento, that means the deadline for Californians to apply for health insurance that takes effect January 1st remains tonight at midnight.

No ifs, ands or buts, says Covered California: Today is deadline day if you want to sign up for coverage under California’s health care exchange beginning next week.  Well, there is one but – if you make what the exchange calls a “good-faith effort” to sign up today, but technical problems prevent you from finishing your application, you will be able to complete it tomorrow.

This isn’t the first time Covered California has chosen a path separate from the White House.  Last month, facing complaints from individual market policy holders whose insurance plans were being canceled, President Obama allowed insurers to offer those plans for an extra year.  The Covered California board unanimously disagreed with the president, meaning that Californians’ plans that aren’t compliant with the federal health care law will not be extended through 2014.