From Congressman Mark DeSaulnier:
Did you know that the average cost for a three-day hospital stay is about $30,000? Or that a broken leg can cost up to $7,500? All too often, hard-working American families are just one sickness or injury away from bankruptcy, but health insurance helps protect you.
Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), approximately 20 million previously uninsured Americans have gained affordable coverage. Thanks to the ACA, California has witnessed the most dramatic gains in coverage nationwide – uninsured rates have been cut by more than half and residents now have more insurance options.
From now until January 31, 2018, you and your family can purchase a plan or renew your coverage through Covered California. If you sign up before December 15, 2017, you can get coverage that begins on January 1, 2018.
If you have any questions about signing up or the plans available, more than 20,000 certified agents and enrollers throughout California stand ready to assist you with free, confidential assistance at http://www.coveredca.com/get-help/local/.
Here are a few facts you need to know about enrolling in coverage or renewing your coverage:
- You can apply online at www.CoveredCA.com, or have a certified enroller contact you through the ‘Help on Demand’ feature.
- Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a call or click away. The Call Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week – call 1-800-300-1506, or visit https://events.coveredca.com/ where you will find enrollment events in your area.
- Coverage could be more affordable than you think. That’s because financial help is available. During last year’s enrollment period, 8-in-10 people nationwide qualified for financial help – for most people that meant they could find insurance premiums between $50 and $100 per month.
- If you had coverage through Covered California for 2017, make sure to head back to update your information and compare your options for 2018 by January 31st. Every year, plans and prices change. This year, it’s more important than ever to shop around! You may find a plan that fits you better, for cheaper.
Additionally, my Walnut Creek and Richmond offices are available to help connect you and your family with the resources you may need during open enrollment.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office about this or other issues if we can be of assistance.
Member of Congress