Covered California announces new state subsidy special enrollment period

Covered California® has announced a new, short-term qualifying life event for the 2020 benefit year,
in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

This will allow certain consumers to enroll in benefits through a special enrollment period from Feb. 18th through July 31, 2020.

This qualifying life event is available to consumers who:

  • Z Attest to not knowing about the new state subsidy or tax penalty OR
  • Z Are currently enrolled off-exchange but qualify and want to take advantage of the new state subsidies

First of the month start date

Qualified consumers will receive a first of the month start date following their plan selection. Sharp Health Plan will continue to accept individual and family plan applications for both your on- and off-exchange clients through April 30th, 2020. The following effective dates will apply.

For coverage effective on: We must receive a complete application by:
March 1, 2020 February 29, 2020
April 1, 2020 March 31, 2020*
May 1, 2020 April 30 2020
Jun 1, 2020 May 31, 2020
July 1, 2020 Jun 30, 2020
August 1, 2020 July 31, 2020

*Last day to enroll and avoid a coverage gap, state tax penalty.

State tax penalty information

Consumers who enroll by March 31st will not have a state tax penalty. However, consumers who wait and enroll in April will have to pay a penalty for their coverage gap period (e.g., four months of coverage gap for a coverage start date of May 1st). Visit for more tax penalty information, like details on getting financial help, resources for estimating tax penalties and facts on qualifying exemptions.