Covered California


2-1-1 is here to help you make sense of changes to health insurance in California and get connected to affordable care.

There are new health insurance options that may be available to you or your family through expanded Medi-Cal or Covered California, and we want to help you find them. 2-1-1 is here to help connect you to local enrollment specialists. Call 2-1-1 today to find local help applying for Covered California.

What is Covered California?

Covered California is California’s health insurance marketplace where Californians can compare quality health insurance plans and choose the right one for their health needs and budget. Covered California will also determine if applicants qualify to receive financial help in the form of premium assistance or cost-sharing reductions that will help lower the cost of health insurance and make healthcare more affordable.

When can you enroll?

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2017 coverage begins November 1, 2016 and ends on January 31, 2017. enroll by December 15, 2016 to make sure your coverage begins on January 1, 2017

Special Enrollment

Getting covered outside of the open-enrollment period: Once open enrollment has ended, consumers can enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan only if they have experienced a qualifying life event.Learn more about qualifying life events from the Covered California website. 

Consumers who are eligible for Medi-Cal can enroll in Medi-Cal at any time.

Who can and can’t apply for Covered California?


  • All U.S. citizens residing in California
  • U.S. nationals residing in California
  • Non-citizens lawfully present in California

Can’t :

  • If you are not lawfully present in California
  • If you are incarcerated

Who may be eligible for Medi-Cal or for financial help to purchase insurance through Covered California?

Covered California now offers a pre-screening tool to see if you are eligible for cost-sharing reduction or premium assistance. See if you are eligible here.

How can 2-1-1 help you?

Dial 2-1-1 to speak to an information and referral specialist who can help you find the local Certified Enrollment Specialists. For Spanish, dial 2-1-1 and press 5 to be connected with a bilingual specialist.