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News: 2013 Press Release

For Release: October 1, 2013
Media Calls Only: 916-492-3566
Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones reminds uninsured Californians to enroll for health insurance through the health benefit exchange

SACRAMENTO, Calif.-"This is a historic day. Today is the first day that California's seven million uninsured can begin shopping for individual health insurance coverage through Covered California. This marks another of a series of important Obamacare health insurance reforms that we have been working with our partners in state and federal government to implement since I was sworn in as insurance commissioner in 2011. Congratulations to Covered California for meeting this important deadline. Tell your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues to help get the word out to those who are uninsured that they can and should begin shopping at There are premium subsidies available to help those below certain income levels to afford coverage, so it's well worth the time spent to see how purchasing health insurance through Covered California might help you and your family." 

 Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones

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Media Notes:

  • Open enrollment for health insurance sold through Covered California runs from October 1, 2013 until March 31, 2014. Actual health insurance coverage does not start until January 1, 2014. To be covered as of January 1, 2014, you have to purchase coverage by December 15, 2013.
  • You can shop and purchase directly at, or by calling Covered California at 1-800-300-1506, or with the assistance of a Certified Enrollment Counselor certified by Covered California, or through an agent or broker licensed by the Department of Insurance and certified by Covered California.

The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California, regulating the $123 billion insurance marketplace. In 2013 the California Department of Insurance received more than 170,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $63 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at Non-media inquiries should be directed to the Consumer Hotline at 800.927.HELP or 213.897.8921. Telecommunications Devices for the Deaf (TDD), please dial 800.482.4833.