For Immediate Realease January 30, 2018
Anthony Wright, Executive Director, 916-870-4782
Mike Roth, 916-444-7170
California Defied Trump Administration Sabotage Including Cutting Open Enrollment by Six Weeks, but Real Deadline Approaches
Just Two Days Remain for Californians to Take Advantage of Extra Time —
Covered California Sign Up Deadline is January 31
Sacramento, CA – As the January 31st deadline approaches for Californians to sign up for individual health insurance as well as subsidies to better afford the coverage, Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition released the following statement from its Executive Director Anthony Wright:
“California not only beat back health care attacks from the Trump Administration and Congress, we are committed to take steps forward to secure and expand coverage. When Trump’s Administration slashed the ACA enrollment period in half in an effort to sabotage our health system, California has maintained a full enrollment period, which is now ending six weeks after much of the rest of the nation. Our state didn’t hesitate to take a variety of actions to offer consumers the information, choices, and financial support needed to provide so many Californians with quality and affordable coverage.
“California is working to make the ACA work, and the efforts are working – figures released by Covered California show enrollment is even stronger than last year. Extending enrollment through January 31 is just one of many important way California can and should resist the sabotage of the federal government, and take proactive steps at the state level.
“With just two days left to sign up for coverage, consumers shouldn’t wait any longer to visit CoveredCA.com and see if they are one of 90% of enrollees who can receive subsidies to help pay for their care.
“California shows the country what we need to do to move beyond the debate over repealing the ACA and get to work to put quality, affordable health care within reach of everyone who calls the Golden State home. As this open enrollment ends, we hope California takes additional steps to securing and expanding coverage. Even a historically low 7% uninsured rate means around 3 million Californians are uninsured, and thus living sicker, dying younger, and are one emergency from financial ruin. We can and should take steps to cover all Californians, in ways that do not require federal partners, especially when our federal government seems so hostile to both our state and our goals, so that our health system is stronger when everyone is included.”