What to Expect After You Enroll with Covered California

What to Expect After You Enroll with Covered California

I recently signed up for health
insurance through Covered California. Let me share with you what I’ve learned
about what to expect in the coming year. After enrolling, a packet from Covered
California came in the mail with the welcome letter and brochure with some
really helpful information on getting started, like creating an online account
and using my health plan. I also received a separate welcome packet from my health
insurance company with a membership identification card. It’s important that
I make my first payment on time. If I don’t, I won’t be covered. And if that
happens, I won’t be able to sign up again until open enrollment in the fall- unless
I experience a life-changing event. There are many free preventive care options
for me and my family, like cancer and diabetes screenings. I found a full list
of these on Covered California’s website. I’ve also learned that I should report
any changes to my address, income, or family size within 30 days. These changes could affect my coverage. They also could affect the amount of financial help I’m
receiving, which will help avoid any surprises at tax-time. Renewal for next
year happens each fall. On Covered California’s website, I can shop and
compare other plans in my area to make sure I made the best choice. I can either
switch to a new plan or be automatically re-enrolled into the same one. In January,
I’ll receive a 1095 form as proof of my previous year’s coverage, since I
received financial help paying for my plan. I’ll need this when filing my taxes.
I hope this lets you know what to expect as a member of Covered California. If you
have questions visit Covered California’s website or give them a call.

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