Covered California extends current special enrollment deadline

Californians receive more time to sign up for health care coverage due to COVID-19.

Covered California® has extended their current special enrollment deadline to July 31 to give individuals and families more time to sign up for health care coverage, either on-exchange or off-exchange, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new deadline means that eligible Californians can apply for health care benefits through the end of July 2020.

First-of-the-month start date

After selecting a plan, coverage will begin on the first of the following month — meaning individuals who may have lost job-based coverage will not face a gap in coverage. Sharp Health Plan will continue to accept individual and family plan applications for your on- and off-exchange clients through July 31, 2020. The following effective dates will apply.

For coverage effective on:We must receive a complete application by:
July 1, 2020June 30, 2020
August 1, 2020July 31, 2020

State tax penalty information

In California, having health care coverage is the law. Californians who applied for 2020 health care coverage after March 31 must pay a coverage-gap, state tax penalty. Find out if your client qualifies for an exemption with Covered California or the California Franchise Tax Board.

Get a quote

Get a quote for a client and have them apply online or through Covered California’s website if they qualify for financial help. During this time of national emergency, we know there are thousands of people affected by income changes, reduced hours and layoffs. Your clients who are currently enrolled off-exchange may be eligible to switch to Covered California, keep their same Sharp Health Plan coverage and get financial help. Please contact our IFP sales team for further assistance.

Key selling points for our individual and family plans

  • Now more than ever, it’s important to have access to the best care. In addition to having some of the lowest rates in the region, Sharp Health Plan continues to be recognized in California and nationally for their affordable, high-quality care and service.
  • Sharp Health Plan provides affordable access to Sharp HealthCare through Covered California, including Sharp Community Medical Group (SCMG), Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group and all Sharp hospitals.
  • Sharp Health Plan reduced rates across their Platinum, Gold and Silver tier plans for 2020, with significant savings on their Silver tier plans both on- and off-exchange.
  • Sharp Health Plan’s Silver 70 HMO Performance Plan is now available off-exchange.
  • Sharp Health Plan’s average rate reduction (-8.3%) was the largest decrease in the region among carriers on Covered California, with select plans reduced up to 15%.


If you have any questions, please contact our IFP sales team.