Renewing Your Health Plan Through Covered California

Congratulations on renewing your health plan through Covered California. If you would like to make changes to your health plan, there is still time! You have until open enrollment ends on Jan. 31, 2017 (see chart below).

January 1, 2017 December 19, 2016
February 1, 2017 January 20, 2017
March 1, 2017 January 31, 2017

A new feature will be available to members with a PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) or EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization) plan beginning Jan. 1, 2017.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, our health insurance companies will match you with a primary care physician, who will be an advocate for you, helping you to navigate the health system when you need assistance selecting the proper specialist, coordinating your care with other providers or ensuring you understand your treatment options. While having a primary care physician is important, you can choose to navigate the health care system on your own and you do not need permission from your primary care physician to seek treatment. You can also change your designated physician match at any time. Visit the primary care physician page for more information.

Renewal Has Ended

The Covered California renewal period was Oct. 3, 2016 through Dec. 19, 2016. Covered California sent renewal notices in early October. You had 30 days after the date on your renewal notice to actively renew your health plan or make changes. If you did not actively renew or make changes, you were automatically renewed into the same plan you had in 2016, if available. Even if you have been automatically renewed, you still have through Jan. 31, 2017 to make changes to your account (see chart below).

January 1, 2017 December 19, 2016
February 1, 2017 January 15, 2017
March 1, 2017 January 31, 2017

To make changes to your coverage or switch health plans, use our Shop and Compare Tool to review plans. Then either log into your Covered California online account, contact a Certified Insurance Agent or Certified Enrollment Counselor, or call Covered California at (800) 300-1506 (TTY: [888] 889-4500) to make the change.

If you decide to shop for a new plan, be sure to log into your account prior to using the tool so your selection can be saved. If you add a plan to your shopping cart before you are signed in, your selection will not be saved.

Important: UnitedHealthcare will not participate in Covered California in 2017. If you have a UnitedHealthcare plan, please be assured that your coverage will continue until Dec. 31, 2016. You will need to select a new plan to continue with 2017 coverage.

How to Renew with Medi-Cal

Medi-Cal renewal happens throughout the year, occurring on the anniversary of the member’s enrollment in Medi-Cal. This means that a Medi-Cal renewal may or may not coincide with a Covered California renewal.

If members of your household have Medi-Cal, they will receive a Medi-Cal renewal form from their local county human services agency. Complete this form and mail or fax it, along with any information the county requests, to your local county human services agency. You can also renew by visiting your county human services agency in person or by calling the phone number on the renewal notice.


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