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How to Apply for the Bridge Program – Important Deadlines

There’s a deadline to apply for health care coverage no matter what time of year you apply.

Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for 2019 is from November 1, 2018 – December 15, 2018. During that period, those eligible for the program may enroll through their designated community partner. The application processing time takes 30 days.

Please contact your community partner about enrollment opportunities.

Special Enrollment Period

You can still apply for coverage outside of open enrollment if you have a certain type of event in your life (called a triggering event or qualifying life event.) A triggering or qualifying life event is when someone important in your life changes. Examples of qualifying life events include:

  • Getting married or divorced
  • The birth or adoption of a child*
  • Losing coverage because you lost your job

In general, you can enroll during this “Special Enrollment Period” (SEP) up to 60 days after a qualifying life event occurs. To enroll, contact your designated community partner.

For more information about enrolling during SEP, visit kp.org/chcspecialenrollment.

*Please note, newborns are only insured through the Bridge Program for the first 30 days after birth. The parent/guardian must apply for Medicaid for their child. If the child is denied Medicaid, they can then be added to the Bridge plan. The Medicaid denial letter and Account Change Form must be submitted to:

California Service Center
Attn: CHC
P.O. Box 939095
San Diego, CA 92193-9095

You may also fax this form, and any required supporting documentation to: 866-614-3344

2019 Enrollment Schedule

Application Received Date Effective Date Length of Bridge Subsidy
November 1, 2018 – December 15, 2018 January 1, 2019 24 months
December 16, 2018 — January 15, 2019 February 1, 2019 23 months
January 16, 2019 — February 15, 2019 March 1, 2019 22 months
February 16, 2019 — March 15, 2019 April 1, 2019 21 months
March 16, 2019 — April 15, 2019 May 1, 2019 20 months
April 16, 2019 — May 15, 2019 June 1, 2019 19 months
May 16, 2019 — June 15, 2019 July 1, 2019 18 months
June 16, 2019 — July 15, 2019 August 1, 2019 17 months
July 16, 2019 — August 15, 2019 September 1, 2019 16 months
August 16, 2019 — September 15, 2019 October 1, 2019 15 months
September 16, 2019 — October 15, 2019 November 1, 2019 14 months
October 16, 2019 — November 15, 2019 December 1, 2019 13 months
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