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California extends deadline to purchase health insurance

There are some new healthcare laws you should be aware of heading into 2020, and James Scullary of Covered California came to the Action News Now studio to share what you need to know.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 1:10 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2019 5:06 PM

UPDATE 4:39 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16 - Californians will have more time to purchase health insurance plans that take effect in the new year.

Sunday was the original deadline to purchase insurance plans from Covered California that take effect Jan. 1.

But state officials announced Monday that they are extending the deadline through Friday. Plans purchased after Friday will take effect in February.

The final deadline to purchase health insurance through Covered California is Jan. 31. Covered California is the state's health insurance marketplace.

Some people who purchase plans through Covered California are eligible to get help paying their monthly premiums.

To get help enrolling, CLICK HERE.

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CHICO, Calif. - There are some new healthcare laws you should be aware of heading into 2020, and James Scullary of Covered California came to the Action News Now studio to share what you need to know.

Open enrollment begins on Oct. 15 and health care costs in Chico, Redding and throughout the North State will see a decrease for 2020. Across California, the weighted average rate change is 0.8%, however, rates in this region are seeing a drop of 1.7%, Scullary said.

Existing consumers can save more if they switch to the lowest-cost plan at the same benefit level, lowering their rates by an average of 8.4%.

Two state initiatives that will provide more financial help for nearly one million people, including middle-income consumers who previously did not get any help because they exceeded the federal requirements. The amount of help they receive will be varied based on age, income, and the cost of health care in their area. Some may get $50, others $150, and some could receive $750 or more, according to Covered California.

An example, a couple of the ages of 61 and 62, making $70,000 a year in Chico; in 2019, they do not qualify for federal credits and the lowest-cost Silver plan would be $2,772 per month. In 2020, that couple would be eligible for $2,178 in monthly state subsidies and the lowest-cost Silver plan would cost $230.

Consumers with a household income that ranges from $49,960 to $74,940 per individual, or $103,000 to $154,500 for a family of four, could be eligible, Covered California said.

California also restored the individual mandate, which lowered the cost of coverage, by requiring most people to get covered or pay a penalty.

For people who are facing a penalty, a family of four could pay $2,000 or more for not having health insurance throughout 2020. The penalty would be administered by California's Franchise Tax Board when consumers file their 2020 taxes in the Spring of 2021, Covered California said.

Watch the video play above for details from James Scullary. 

For more information or to sign-up call, 1-800-300-1506 or CLICK HERE.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3573549

Reported Deaths: 52491
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles119295421467
Riverside2897733792
San Bernardino2867552940
Orange2614083921
San Diego2606253303
Santa Clara1107551781
Kern103422877
Fresno955481443
Sacramento935281484
Alameda807771242
Ventura77749852
San Joaquin668291126
Contra Costa62720681
Stanislaus56235949
Tulare48013761
Monterey42261328
San Mateo39059515
San Francisco34291422
Santa Barbara32050413
Solano30115164
Merced29147401
Sonoma28193298
Imperial26909635
Kings22082220
Placer19861232
San Luis Obispo19696235
Madera15496214
Santa Cruz14671183
Marin13231197
Yolo12851185
Shasta11017174
Butte10970163
El Dorado9160100
Napa905369
Sutter888097
Yuba577337
San Benito577261
Lassen562419
Tehama508652
Nevada397274
Tuolumne396059
Mendocino381643
Amador346641
Humboldt321033
Lake316441
Glenn223023
Colusa213613
Calaveras191049
Siskiyou176014
Inyo131337
Mono12144
Del Norte10035
Plumas6536
Modoc4564
Mariposa3957
Trinity3705
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Alpine820
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