More than 50,000 Californians have enrolled in insurance plans in the past three days, according to the state's health benefit exchange.
Between Monday and Wednesday, 53,510 people enrolled in Covered California health plans. That topped the 30,830 enrollments completed in the entire month of October, the agency said.
The surge was expected as people face a Monday deadline to enroll in plans for coverage to be effective Jan. 1.
Because of the high interest in enrolling, people are encouraged to sign up online, the agency said. Enrollment help also is available from certified insurance agents and local certified enrollment counselors.
Covered California's Service Center is extending its hours on Saturday to operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Consumers need the following information to apply for Covered California health insurance plans:
The number of people being enrolled in a plan, including the birth date of each person.
Social Security numbers for each family member.
Home ZIP code.
Projected income for the coverage year. This can be obtained by checking the most recent income tax filing for the adjusted gross income, any applicable dependent tax information and head-of-household status.
Legal immigration information, such as an immigration number.
Information about status as a member of a federally recognized tribe.
Consumers who do not enroll before Monday's deadline will have until March 31 to sign up for coverage before they are subject to a penalty.
To enroll online or for more information about enrollment, go to www.CoveredCA.com.
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