California Health Insurance Deadline to Avoid Penalty
Californians who do not receive health insurance through their jobs or public insurance programs have until Friday, January 31, to sign up for health coverage for 2020, or face tax penalty.
About 318,000 people have newly enrolled in health insurance through Covered California, the state marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act, since open enrollment began Oct. 15. For those who enroll by the Friday deadline, benefits will take effect on Saturday. After that, only those with a qualifying life event, such as a job change or a move, can sign up.