You can generally buy marketplace health insurance only during the annual Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment for 2019 coverage starts October 15, 2019.
Some people qualify to apply outside the enrollment period. Qualifying events include life changes like: getting divorced, married; having a baby or adopting; losing coverage because you turned 26, left your job, or your job benefits were reduced. For more information about whether you can apply for health insurance outside of the Open Enrollment Period, see resources listed below.
If you qualify for Medi-Cal (making $16,105 or less for a single adult; $32,913 for a family of 4), you can apply at any time.
Having insurance, and a local primary care provider (physician or nurse practitioner) makes it easier to succeed in school. Data about college student success supports this statement. That is why the Student Health Services staff is dedicated to assisting you in enrolling in health insurance. We do this in a number of ways.
Certified Enrollment Counselors are available in the community through the County of Santa Barbara's Public Health Department and Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. To schedule an appointment to enroll in Covered California (private insurance) or Medi-Cal (public insurance), please refer to the following information:
Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
8 am - 5 pm
Carpinteria Health Care Center
931 Walnut Ave
Carpinteria, CA 93013
Santa Barbara Health Care Center
345 Camino Del Remedio
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
For a complete list of locations and materials needed to complete application, please click here