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Deadline Is Today To Sign Up For Health Plans Through Covered California

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee, who was in Los Angeles Monday to promote open enrollment, also said time is of the essence. “The clock is ticking for consumers who need quality health care coverage because this year’s deadline is earlier than it has been in the past.”

Officials Working To Get The Word Out That Covered California Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Consumers have until Jan. 15 to sign up for coverage for this year under Covered California. “We want to make sure they know that this year’s deadline is earlier than it has been in the past, and they must take action in the next week in order to get the peace of mind and protection they deserve in 2019,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee.

Led By California AG Xavier Becerra, States Appeal Judge’s Health Law Ruling, Setting Next Stage In Battle That’s On Path To Supreme Court

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor ruled last month that the health law is unconstitutional without the individual mandate penalty. Attorneys general from more than a dozen Democratic states are leading the charge to defend the Affordable Care Act at the next phase in court. Meanwhile, the government reports that about 8.4 million Americans signed up for 2019 coverage.

Individual Mandate Has Long Been One Of Most Controversial Parts Of Health Law, But Has It Become Superfluous?

Health law sign ups for 2019 dipped only slightly even though Congress zeroed out the penalty for not having insurance. The numbers suggest that people are participating in the ACA exchanges because they value the coverage not because they’re worried about paying fines, experts say. Meanwhile, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has asked a judge to block exemptions to the health law’s contraception mandate.

Deadline To Get Covered California Insurance Starting Jan. 1 Extended A Week

“We have seen tens of thousands of people flood into Covered California over the past week, and we want to make sure everyone can start the new year off right by being covered,” said Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California. Open enrollment in Covered California runs through Jan. 15, 2019, but anyone signing up between Dec. 22 and Jan. 15 wouldn’t see their coverage start until Feb. 1.

Texas Judge Strikes Down Federal Health Law

U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor, ruling on a suit brought by opponents of the Affordable Care Act, says that the law was invalidated when Congress dropped the tax penalty for not having coverage. Advocates for the law say they will appeal the decision.

Why Hasn’t California Taken Steps To Enact Its Own Individual Mandate?

Studies have found that if the state does not step in, up to a million Californians could go without health care because the federal individual mandate has been zeroed out. But lawmakers are hesitant to enact a state-level mandate without also making health insurance cheaper for residents.