Enrolling in a plan
Open enrollment for 2017 coverage begins Nov. 1, 2016, and continues through Jan. 31, 2017. However, Medi-Cal enrollment is year-round. During open enrollment, you can purchase health coverage here, directly from Sharp Health Plan, or through Covered California , a state health insurance marketplace where you can learn about financial assistance and buy subsidized plans.
Outside of open enrollment, you might still be able to enroll in a plan if you’ve had a qualifying event. Qualifying events are certain life changes like getting married, having a baby or moving.
Visit Covered California or browse and compare Individual and family plans now.
Penalties for being without insurance
If you’re not covered by an employer, or enrolled in a Medicare or Medi-Cal plan, then you’ll need to enroll in a plan to avoid a penalty. If you don’t have health insurance in 2016, you will be fined $325 or 2% of your annual income, whichever is greater. This fine is set to increase in 2016 to $696 or 2.5% of your income.