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Deadline nears for enrollment in Covered California

LOS ANGELES — As the Dec. 15 deadline to enroll for health insurance starting in January approaches, Covered California released a list of the top areas in Los Angeles where high numbers of people who qualify for subsidized health insurance are believed to reside.

The “hot spots” released Dec. 8 show the estimated highest concentrations of subsidy-eligible uninsured individuals — people who qualify for help to buy health insurance through Covered California but have not yet taken advantage of it.

“Covered California works across all of Los Angeles, but the map helps us focus our efforts on areas where we know many who are still uninsured live,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “Everyone who needs health insurance, or knows someone who does, should know they can get financial help to pay for top-brand health insurance coverage, and if they enroll by Dec. 15, their coverage can start on Jan. 1.”

Lee appeared with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti at Eisner Pediatric and Family Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“If you live in one of these areas — in Boyle Heights, in Huntington Park, in East Hollywood — and you do not have health insurance, now is the time to get covered,” Garcetti said. “This is our opportunity to build healthier communities throughout Los Angeles, Southern California and the rest of the state.”

“While we have all worked together to dramatically raise awareness about the new law, we have more work to do,” Lee said. “We estimate there are still more than two million uninsured people in California who are either eligible for Covered California or qualify for Medi-Cal.”

“We are spotlighting the fact that more than half of those who have enrolled in Covered California — almost 700,000 — pay less than $100 a month, with the balance being covered by the federal tax credit. That is real affordability,” Lee said.

“You can find out if you qualify for financial help, and examine your plan options, by using the ‘Shop and Compare Tool at CoveredCA.com,” he added.

Going forward Covered California will be spotlighting enrollment events at storefronts, insurance agent offices, community events and other locations.

This year’s open enrollment period is three months long, and runs until Jan. 31. However, if you qualify for Medi-Cal, you can enroll at any point during the year.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have health care coverage right now, this is the opportunity to enroll in Covered California.