Covered California is implementing the Affordable Care Act and has requested the city’s participation in joining a state-wide effort to inform Californians about health insurance options. Covered California (CoveredCA.com) is in joint partnership with the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS). It is a state-designed program/marketplace to simplify the purchase of insurance. Covered California's open enrollment period is from October 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014.
According to Covered OC, Orange County has 17.3% uninsured residents (30% of young adults) while 43,000 employers cannot afford healthcare plans. Participating in this state-wide effort is another way that the City of Santa Ana can help to improve the lives of Santa Ana residents.