The deadline for making initial premium payments for Covered California health plans is Jan. 15.
The 11 insurers that offer health plans through Covered California agreed to the extension Saturday because of a logjam of consumers who need to make the first payments for coverage effective Jan. 1. According to a press release, payments must be in the hands of insurance companies by Jan. 15 and not simply postmarked before the deadline.
It’s the second time insurers have agreed to a deadline extension after a reported 400,000 or more Californians enrolled in coverage through the exchange between Oct. 1 and Dec. 23. The Affordable Care Act created a historic opportunity for the uninsured to obtain coverage through the state-run exchange, but the enrollment period was thrown into turmoil by technical problems and the mass cancellation of individual-market policies that did not meet the new federal standards.
Visit www.coveredca.com for instructions on how to pay premiums.
Anyone who is having trouble accessing health care or getting prescriptions filled because of a canceled policy is welcome to tell his or her story to Bee staff writer Ken Carlson. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2321.