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There’s only five days to sign up for Covered California health coverage for 2017. (Don’t worry, here’s the essential guide to choosing a plan you’ve been looking for.)

, by San Francisco AIDS Foundation

health insuranceMany people are wondering what will become of the affordable health insurance (also known as “Obamacare”) provided as Covered California in our state. Even though President Trump has made repealing the Affordable Care Act a priority, residents in California can be assured of coverage through 2017. Covered California does not rely on federal funding and rates for 2017 will not change. The deadline to sign up for coverage is January 31, 2017.

If you’re living with a pre-existing condition like HIV, hepatitis B or C, or are taking PrEP, there are a few things to consider before selecting a plan. There is now a guide for people living with HIV, hepatitis B or C, or for people who would like to access PrEP. The guide is produced by Project Inform, APLA Health, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, Los Angeles LGBT Center, Access Support Network, and San Francisco City Clinic.

The guide includes general information about Covered California plans, information about the tax penalty for people who choose to go without health insurance, information about premiums and out of pocket costs, a step-by-step guide for how to choose a plan based on your needs, and how to figure out what costs you’ll be responsible for under a new plan. The guide outlines explains the different metal “tiers” and can help you figure out what metal tier will give you both the most cost savings and best coverage.

Access the guide, here: http://www.projectinform.org/pdf/CCguide.pdf. Don’t forget to enroll in Covered California before January 31, 2017.

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