Deadlines to Enroll After a Qualifying Life Event
You have 60 days from the date on which the qualifying life event happens to enroll in a Covered California health insurance plan or change their existing plan.
If 60 days pass and you do not sign up for health coverage, you will have to wait until the next open-enrollment period.
How to Enroll After a Qualifying Life Event
For many qualifying life events, you can enroll online. You can also call us at 877-344-1744. Our representatives can answer any questions you have about a qualifying life event and can help you enroll in or change health insurance plans.
Start Dates and Avoiding Gaps in Coverage
You will need to plan ahead to avoid gaps in health coverage. In general, the start date for coverage depends on the date of enrollment. If you enroll by the 15th day of the month, coverage will start on the first day of the next month. If you enroll after the 15th day of the month, coverage will start on the first day of the second month.
Documents to Verify a Qualifying Life Event
Some consumers who apply for Covered California coverage in a special-enrollment period are asked to submit verification of their qualifying life event.