Covered California was created to develop an easy-to-use marketplace where most Californians can get health coverage that cannot be denied by health insurance companies or canceled if they are sick or have a pre-existing health condition, such as asthma or diabetes.
About 2.6 million Californians will be able to access financial assistance through Covered California to pay for their health insurance, and 1.4 million will be newly eligible for Medi-Cal. An additional 2.7 million will benefit from coverage that is guaranteed whether they buy an insurance plan through Covered California or on their own. All health insurance plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, children’s care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. Health insurance plans also must cover preventive care services, like mammograms and colonoscopies, for free. All plans being sold in the Covered California marketplace, as well as those sold outside it, will be required to include these benefits. You may be eligible for Covered California. See the chart below to help determine if you qualify.
*Information pulled from Covered California