Need Affordable Health Coverage?
Insurance keeps you healthy and financially covered when you need it most.
Call (650) 616-2002 for free, confidential, in-person application help; make an appointment to talk to a local specialist; and find more information on enrollment times and locations in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog.
380 90th St., Daly City
M, W, F 8:30am–5pm
Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, English
901 Campus Dr., St. 209, Daly City
M, W, Th, F 10am-4pm; Tues 10am-3pm
M-F 8:30am – 5pm
1486 Huntington Ave., 1st Fl., South San Francisco
By Appointment Only: M, T, Th, F 8-11am, 1-4pm; W 1-4pm
Drop in: Wed 8am-12pm
400 Harbor Blvd., Bldg. B, Belmont
222 West 39th Ave., West Entrance, 1st Fl., San Mateo
Extended Enrollment Hours:
Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish, Tongan, English
1807 Bay Road, East Palo Alto
M,W, Th 8:30am-3:30pm; Tues 1-3:30pm; Sat 8:30am-12:30pm
Spanish, Tongan, English
2500 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
2521 Goodwin Ave, Redwood City
2950 Fair Oaks Ave, Redwood City
3600 Middlefield Rd, Menlo Park
903 10th Ave, Redwood City
498 Kelly Ave., Half Moon Bay
M 8am-12pm, 4-6pm; T 10:30am-12:30pm, 4-6pm; W 8am-12pm, 4-6pm; Th 11am-6pm; F 8am-12pm, 1-5pm
225 S. Cabrillo Hwy., 100A, Half Moon Bay
620 North Street, Pescadero
By Appointment Only: M, T 9am-6pm; W 9am-4pm
8865 La Honda Rd., St. 4, La Honda
Who should enroll?
You should enroll if you do not have health coverage through your job or a government program, such as Medicare, MediCal or the County's ACE program. If you miss the February 15 enrollment deadline, you may not have health coverage in 2015 and you may also have to pay a tax penalty.
Here’s a list of ways to enroll:
Call and get help to select a plan and enroll
County Health Coverage Unit: 650-616-2002
County Human Services Agency: 1-800-223-8383
Covered California: 1-800-300-1506; Spanish speakers: 1-800-300-0213
We offer free, in-person application help. Call us at 650-616-2002 or check back for more information on times and locations.
Already have health insurance?
If you have health coverage through Covered California you can re-enroll starting October 1, and help make sure the people you love are covered too. You can also help by getting the word out to your friends, neighbors, or the people you work with or see day to day. Everyone deserves the care to help stay healthy and have peace of mind that you and your family are covered for when you may need it the most.
How does the Affordable Care Act affect San Mateo County residents?
- The Medi-Cal program will continue and will be expanded to cover more children and adults.
- Tax credit programs for individuals and families with moderate and low incomes will be available and may provide financial assistance to purchase affordable health insurance.
- Access to a variety of affordable health insurance plans will be available through the Health Care Exchange marketplace, known as Covered California (www.CoveredCA.com).
When will coverage begin after I enroll?
- If you enroll between December 16, 2014 and January 15, 2015, your coverage will begin February 1, 2015.
- The last enrollment period is between January 15 and February 15, 2015, which will start enrollment in March 1, 2015. This is the last opportunity to enroll for coverage in 2015.
- Once open enrollment closes on February 15, 2015, you will not be able to sign up until the next enrollment period begins in fall 2015.
Who has to buy health insurance?
The Affordable Care Act requires most U.S. citizens and legal residents to have basic health coverage, except:
- People who cannot afford coverage (premiums greater than 8% of household income)
- Undocumented immigrants
- People without insurance for less than three months
- People with certain religious beliefs
- Members of Native American tribes
- People who are incarcerated
Are you a small business?
If you are a small business, visit www.coveredca.com/small-business. Help make sure your employees know how to gain health insurance and the enrollment deadlines by giving them our flyers in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Tagalog.
More Information from Covered California
- View the “Getting yourself and your family covered” fact sheet
- View the Covered California overview fact sheet
- View the Covered California Confidential Immigration Information fact sheet in English and Spanish
- View the Covered California Health Insurance Companies brochure
- Use the Covered California Shop and Compare Tool
For health insurance plans offered by Covered California, you must enroll during open enrollment, unless you have a qualifying life event, such as losing a job, the death of a spouse, or birth of a child. You may also be eligible for Medi-Cal, where enrollment is available year-round.
It's important to remember that paying the fee doesn't mean you have health insurance coverage and you will be responsible for 100% of the cost of your medical care.
Under the Affordable Care Act:
- No one can be turned away for a “pre-existing” health condition
- More people earning low incomes now qualify for Medi-Cal
- Many people who do not get coverage through their employer are eligible for tax credits that reduce the cost of private health insurance plans
Complete the form below and someone from the Health Coverage Unit will contact you as soon as possible to schedule your appointment before the February 15 enrollment deadline at any of our enrollment locations.
For more information on signing up for affordable health insurance, please visit www.smchealth.org/CoveredCA.