Commissioner Jones Announces Open Enrollment For Children Regardless Of Pre-Existing Conditions
News: 2011 Press Release
Attached is a public service announcement audio file of Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones offering tips for parents regarding open enrollment for children with pre-existing conditions. (30 seconds)
This is Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The President's health care reform package now allows Children with pre-existing conditions to obtain health care insurance at a lower cost during open enrollment that ends on March 1.
For assistance, call the California Department of Insurance at 1-800-927-HELP. That's 800-927-HELP.
Commissioner Jones offers the following tips for parents as they seek to protect their children:
- Immediately seek coverage for their children
- Act fast, before the March 1 deadline
- After March 1 know that coverage is still available, but the premiums will be higher
Parents can obtain enrollment information for their children during and after the open enrollment period by going to the California Department of Insurance (CDI) web site at www.insurance.ca.gov or by contacting CDI's consumer hotline at 1-800-927-HELP.
Additionally, parents can go to http://finder.healthcare.gov/, a web site created to assist consumers in navigating their options under the Affordable Care Act.
The California Department of Insurance, established in 1868, is the largest consumer protection agency in California. Insurers collect $289 billion in premiums annually in California. Since 2011 the California Department of Insurance received more than 1,000,000 calls from consumers and helped recover over $469 million in claims and premiums. Please visit the Department of Insurance web site at www.insurance.ca.gov. 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.