Sign-Up and Enrollment Periods
Thank you for being a loyal member. L.A. Care is committed to delivering quality affordable health care to Angelenos and proud to participate in the Covered California™ exchange.
Each year, it's important to review your existing coverage and confirm that your current L.A. Care Covered™ or L.A. Care Covered Direct™ plan meets your needs. There are important Sign-Up, renewal and special enrollment dates you'll need to make note of in order to prevent any lapses in your coverage. Please take a look at the corresponding tab below to learn more.
The Annual Renewal Period for 2019 coverage will begin October 1, 2018 and end January 15, 2019. We will mail you a 2019 Renewal Notice during the beginning of the Renewal Period with important information about your plan.
The Renewal Period is a good time to report any household changes, including adding a dependent or a change in your permanent address. To ensure your coverage will continue or that any requested changes are effective on January 1, 2019, you will need to report all changes by the date on the notice.
How to Renew
You do not need to take any action if you wish to keep your current L.A. Care Covered™ plan. If Covered California™ does not hear from you by the renewal deadline, you and your dependents, if any, will be automatically renewed in the same L.A. Care Covered™ plan using your most recent household size and income information you provided. Detailed information will be in the 2019 Renewal Notice you will receive in the mail before November 1, 2019.
If You Have Changes to Report
- Sign in to your Covered California™ online member account or call the Covered California™ Service Center at 1-800-300-1506 (TTY 1-888-889-4500) to update your information.
- Any changes requested on or before December 15, 2018 will be effective January 1, 2019.
- Any changes requested after December 15, 2018 and before the end of the Sign-Up period on January 15, 2019 will be effective February 1, 2019.
Covered California™ will automatically renew your current coverage. However, to keep your federal assistance, be sure to provide consent to have your income verified if you have not already done so.
To provide consent, sign in to your Covered California™ online member account or call the Covered California™ Service Center at 1-800-300-1506 (TTY) 1-888-889-4500. The information you provide may make you eligible for a different amount of financial assistance. You may need to upload any required documents to your Covered California™ online member account.
How to Renew?
Members with L.A Care Covered Direct™ can renew in any of the following ways:
- Automatic Renewal: You do not need to take action if you wish to keep your current plan. L.A. Care will automatically renew you and your dependents if any, in your current L.A. Care Covered Direct™ plan.
- Renew by Phone: Get personalized support to renew your coverage by calling L.A. Care Customer Solution Center at 1-855-270-2327 (TTY 711).
If You Have Changes to Report:
The Sign-Up Period begins October 15, 2018 and ends on January 15, 2019. This is when you can apply for new coverage or make changes to your existing plan.
Call our Enrollment Support Services team at 1-855-222-4239 (TTY 711) to receive personalized support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit L.A. Care Covered™ to find the right plan for you and to learn more about L.A. Care's extensive network of physicians and hospitals.
If you miss the Sign-Up Period and you need health coverage, you can enroll in or change your coverage during the Special Enrollment Period if you experienced a qualifying life event. See the table below to see examples of qualifying life events.
Did you know that certain life events make you eligible to apply for health coverage? Special Enrollment is a period outside the Sign-Up Period when you can apply for health coverage. You may be able to apply for health coverage if you experience qualifying life events such as those listed in the table below and report them within 60 days.
|Qualifying Life Events||L.A. Care Covered||L.A. Care Covered Direct|
Loss of health coverage
For example, you become newly eligible or ineligible for Covered California™ financial assistance due to a change in income.
Having a birthday
|Change in place of residency
A permanent change of address within California or from another state. This also applies to individuals who are released from jail or prison.
|Having a child or adopting a child
Also includes receiving a child into foster care, or placing a child in adoption or in a foster home.
|Getting married or entering into a domestic partnership|
|Becoming citizens, nationals or lawfully present individuals
This event applies only to people who were not previously citizens, nationals or lawfully present.
For more information on which qualifying life events may make you eligible for Special Enrollment: Call L.A. Care Customer Solution Center at 1-855-270-2327 (TTY 711) to receive personalized support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
These are just some of the more common qualifying life events. To learn more or apply for coverage through Special Enrollment, you can contact the L.A. Care Customer Solution Center at 1-855-270-2327 (TTY 711) for assistance.