Incarcerated People

People who are currently serving a term in prison or jail can’t buy a plan though Covered California, but once released, they have 60 days to apply during a special-enrollment period. You will also find out if you qualify for free or low-cost Medi-Cal during this time. 

Since you aren’t able to buy a health plan while incarcerated, you aren’t subject to the penalty for not having health insurance.  

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