If you need coverage before 2014
If you do not currently have health coverage, you do not have to wait until Covered California opens to get covered. You may be able to purchase private insurance for yourself by contacting an insurance company directly or working with an agent.
You may be eligible right now for health coverage under Medi-Cal. For more information, visit the California Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal application page. Additionally, if you are pregnant, you may be eligible for Medi-Cal's Presumptive Eligibility program for pregnant women, which provides free temporary health care related to pregnancy. You may also qualify for the Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) program . This program is designed for mid-income pregnant women. You can apply by going to the AIM website: www.aim.ca.gov/. Finally, the Low Income Health Program (LIHP) is an optional county-based health care program for eligible low-income adults that will offer coverage through December 31, 2013. To see if you qualify for this program, please contact your local LIHP office.
If you have not yet turned 26 years old In October, Covered California will open its marketplace to provide all Californians the option to purchase affordable health insurance.
For many, this will be their first opportunity to obtain high-quality coverage for themselves and their families. We believe more covered Californians is the key to ensuring the health and well-being of our state.