Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

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Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles Encourages Community to Enroll in Health Coverage Before January 31st Deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA — Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) encourages community members to enroll in qualified health plans offered by Covered California, the state’s marketplace for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA, or Obamacare). Advancing Justice-LA has been leading a collaborative of over 20 community-based partners and community clinics across the state to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate access to health coverage and services since the ACA’s passage. Unlike other states, Californians have the longest Open Enrollment Period - until January 31st - to enroll, which means their coverage will begin on February 1st. 
Covered California is unique in several important respects, which community members should be aware of. First, California's Open Enrollment period is different from other states. There may be confusion about the deadlines because it varies among the different states, especially since California has one of the longest Open Enrollment periods. Community members have until January 31, 2020, the final deadline, to enroll in a Covered California health plan. Second, there are also multiple deadlines depending on when the community member's health coverage will begin. In order to get coverage sooner and to accommodate high demand, Covered California is extending the first December 15th deadline to Friday, December 20, for those consumers applying for coverage starting January 1, 2020. An extension of the enrollment deadline would allow all consumers time to find the plan that best meets their needs and to take advantage of a full year of coverage in 2020. Third, there is no deadline to enroll into Medi-Cal, California’s free and/or low-cost Medicaid program for low-income community members making about $16,000/year.
Two other issues to note about Covered California: 1) There are new state subsidies to help pay the health coverage premiums for eligible Californians that will lower their cost of coverage; and 2) in order to encourage enrollment and lower insurance costs, California lawmakers restored the individual mandate penalty that was part of the ACA from 2014 through 2018 by passing a state requirement for those who do not have health coverage. This means that Californians who do not have health coverage could face a penalty of at least $2,000 for a family of four when they file their 2020 California tax returns.
As many community members know, your health and your family’s health are critically vital to your overall well-being and ability to thrive and live full, healthy lives. Health coverage has been integral to accessing preventive health care and other important health care services and is essential in addressing the significant health disparities for many marginalized and immigrant communities. Over a million Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) in California alone have gained access to health coverage since 2013 as a result of the ACA. 
Advancing Justice-LA strongly encourages our communities to continue enrolling in health coverage programs by contacting us or one of our Covered California Navigator partners to speak to a Certified Enrollment Counselor who can provide in-language support. Additionally, individuals may apply directly through the Covered California website ( to learn more, sign up for, or renew a plan before the window closes on January 31, 2019. For more information, please email or call our in-language helplines at:
English/Spanish/Other: 888.349.9695    
Chinese: 800.520.2356    
Korean: 800.867.3640
Tagalog: 855.300.2552    
Thai: 800.914.9583  
Jeff DeGuia, (213) 241-0259,
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles (Advancing Justice-LA) is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
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