Covered California receives an increased number of enrollees as Californians try to avoid a state penalty
Covered California is seeing a major increase in enrollees as some people have received financial aid from the state which will help them afford their premiums. In addition to assisting some people to be able to afford their premiums, the polices also penalize those who do not have health insurance coverage. As some people were not made aware of the new penalty, Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee has decided to give uninsured Californians another opportunity to enroll by extending the special enrollment period that will last through April.
Despite all the changes that are taking place, about 418,000 Californians have enrolled through Covered California by the original deadline of January 31st, making it the highest enrollment since 2016. With the additional new enrollees, Covered California’s total number will amount to more than 1.5 million enrollees.
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Governor Newsom addresses mental health as integral to solving Homeless Crisis
In what was an unprecedented move, Governor Newsom dedicated the bulk of his State of the State address on highlighting homelessness as a focal issue affecting California that he hopes to ameliorate during his tenure as Governor. He identified both housing aid and mental health funds as core components of his plan to tackle the homelessness crisis.
Governor Newsom proposed using Medi-Cal funds for housing aid, in addition to holding counties accountable for using funds collected under the Mental Health Services Act to expand mental health services. Counties aren’t currently held accountable for how they spend these funds.
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