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
- If you are low income or disabled you may be eligible for Medi-Cal. You may apply for Medi-Cal year round. Find a Medi-Cal office in your county.
- Renewing Medi-Cal coverage under Covered California.
San Francisco residents who do not have coverage and need Medi-Cal can contact the local Medi-Cal Health Connections Office:1440 Harrison Street (between 10th Street and 11th)
San Francisco, CA 94103
Open Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Call (415) 863-9892 or toll free (855)-355-5757
Email them at SFMedi-Cal@sfgov.org
Apply online at https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/
- If you are low income but are not eligible for Medi-Cal, you may qualify for the City’s Healthy San Francisco program or the City's Healthy Kids plan.
- If you need HIV care and will be covered by Medi-Cal or Covered California, review your HIV clinic options (PDF format).
- If you are not a California resident and do not have health insurance, you can find a health center near you.
General information about the federal Marketplace, Covered California, and Medi-Cal
Self-employed individuals and small businesses
- Questions and answers for the small business employer with 50 or less employees.
"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."
- If you have Medicare is there anything that needs to be done? Find out here.
- See how the new laws will affect your Medicare coverage. Your coverage may include other free services.
- More information about Medicare from California Healthcare Advocates, a non-profit organization. Visit their Health Insurance and Advocacy Program (HICAP)
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."
A pre-existing condition is defined as “a health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts.” Source: Healthcare.gov
- 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
- Healthcare.gov. Choose from Cantonese, French, French Creole, Russian, Gujarati, Hindi, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and German.