Find answers to common questions about L.A. Care Covered ™.
Choosing a health plan can be confusing.
Here are some of our frequently asked questions about renewals, Special Enrollment and Open Enrollment.
You can also call us at 1.855.222.4239 (TTY 711) and we’ll be happy to help you.
Open enrollment for 2021 starts November 1, 2020 and goes through January 31, 2021.
Individuals may qualify for enrollment outside of this Open Enrollment Period through Covered California's special enrollment.
If you enroll through special enrollment, your coverage will begin the first day of the month after you complete the enrollment process.
If you complete the open enrollment process between November 1, 2020 and December 15, 2020, your coverage will be effective January 1, 2021.
If you complete the open enrollment process between December 16, 2020 and January 31, 2021, your coverage will be effective February 1, 2021.
It depends on whether you enroll as an individual or as a family. Expect to spend an average of 40 minutes to completely fill out your application.
Save time and prepare by gathering Social Security numbers, birth dates, legal status documents and current income information for yourself and family members who need to be covered.
After you have made your first payment to Covered California™, L.A. Care will mail you a Member ID card and a New Member Welcome Kit.
People in the individual market could be eligible to switch to Covered California. You may be eligible to save hundreds of dollars every month and keep your same plan.
Having health coverage is now the law. Those who are uninsured may face a tax penalty up to:
- $750 per adult (and $375 per child under 18) or,
- 2.5% of annual household income, whichever is greater.