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After enrollment deadline, some Californians can still save on health insurance

By Quinci LeGardye | California Black Media

May 15 was the deadline for Californians to sign up for health insurance coverage. But people who already have health insurance through Covered California will still get a sizeable federal tax credit. Others seeking affordable plans can still save and enroll if they have a “qualifying life event” such as a birth, marriage, loss of job, certain illnesses, or other special circumstances.

The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) the COVID-19 relief package signed into law last March, includes significant aid for millions of people nationwide who either are either uninsured, have marketplace coverage or have lost their employer coverage.

This aid for affording health insurance comes after a pandemic that filled hospitals and took away jobs, leaving many without employer-sponsored health insurance.

“As we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and its recession, this will help more people get covered, lower health care costs and put money back into people’s pockets when they sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA),” Covered California’s executive director P