Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) today welcomed the start of Covered California’s health insurance open enrollment for 2018, and urged Ventura County families to make sure they are covered.

“People have probably heard a lot about possible changes to the health insurance market over the past few months, but it’s very important for everyone to know that California’s health insurance market is up and running,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “If you receive your health insurance through Covered California, the open enrollment period is happening now, and it’s critical that everyone gets covered. Whether it’s accessing preventative health exams and prescription drugs, or dealing with a serious, unexpected accident or illness, health insurance protects you and your family.”

Congresswoman Brownley is encouraging her constituents to visit CoveredCA.com, California’s health insurance marketplace, to shop for a new plan or to explore options for renewing existing coverage. The open enrollment period starts today and goes until January 31, 2018.

Covered California offers a variety of plans, and many enrollees qualify for financial assistance. As of June 2016, more than 1.2 million Californians received some level of financial help and qualified enrollees got an average subsidy of $300 per month toward their policy.

Individuals in need of assistance are also encouraged to contact Covered California to locate a local enrollment center or county enrollment office, speak with a certified enroller, or find an enrollment event near them.

More information can be found at CoveredCA.com or by calling 1-800-300-1506. Constituents can also call Congresswoman Brownley’s office at (805) 379-1779 for further assistance.

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