Affordable Care Act

Affordable Care Act

If you started the enrollment process by February 15th, you now have until February 22nd to complete your application. For details about the extended deadline, go to the Covered California webpage, or visit a certified enroller near you.

Find Help Near You

  • Search for a certified Covered California agent or counselor by zip code.
  • Call Covered California by phone at (800)300-1506 (for English). For assistance in other languages, scroll down to the bottom of this page and look for "Other Languages."
  • California is one of many states served by the federal health insurance marketplace. Other states may have different options.

Other health insurance options

General information about the federal Marketplace, Covered California, and Medi-Cal

Self-employed individuals and small businesses

The Small Business Administration has put together a glossary of health care reform terms to help you understand the new laws.


"Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a transplant, sometimes called ESRD."



Medicaid is a "state-administered health insurance program for low-income families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with disabilities, and in some states, other adults. The Federal government provides a portion of the funding for Medicaid and sets guidelines for the program. States also have choices in how they design their program, so Medicaid varies state by state and may have a different name in your state."


Pre-existing conditions

A pre-existing condition is defined as “a health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts.” Source:

  • The federal Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) ended on April 30, 2014. For more information on pre-existing conditions under the federal Marketplace go to this page.

The law itself

Signed into law on March 23, 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) went into effect on October 1, 2013. The PPACA is commonly referred to as Obamacare.

Other language resources

  • Choose from Cantonese, French, French Creole, Russian, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and German.

Contact information

Federal Help Center
1-800-318-2596. Available 24 / 7
For small businesses: 1-800-706-7893. Available 9-5pm (EST)


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