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Covered California Confirms Monday Enrollment Deadline, Help Available

Time is running out for uninsured Californians who have not signed up for health care coverage.

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    The deadline to sign up for healthcare under the president's plan is Monday, and the rush is on in California as well as the rest of the country.\tThousands of people lined up to get one-on-one help at several locations in the Bay Area. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere has more on the impending deadline. (Published Saturday, March 29, 2014)

    Covered California has confirmed the Monday deadline for Californians who have not signed up for health care coverage.

    In a last minute push to get people signed up, or to help those who still have questions, Covered California is holding some sign up events this weekend and on Monday.

    At San Jose’s Health Fair, hundreds waited in line to enroll Saturday and said if they cannot get it done, they will be back Sunday.

    Certified enrollment counselors and insurance agents who speak English and Spanish were on hand to help people get their applications started.

    Kris Sanchez Q&A on covered California

    [BAY] Kris Sanchez Q&A on covered California
    NBC Bay Area's Kris Sanchez talks with Dana Howard – Covered California’s Communications Director. (Published Saturday, March 29, 2014)

    Earlier this week, Covered California announced that individuals who start an online application by 11:59 p.m. on March 31 will have until April 15 to complete an application and select a health plan.

    "I just found it inconvenient online and I wanted to talk to someone in person, and I just never got a response back when I left my phone numbers," health care applicant Carmen Martinez said.

    Others looking to enroll before the deadline said they waited this long because they just could not find the time to go through the process.

    "My job doesn’t let me go and do a lot of things, you know," Norma Mora said. "So I had to do this at the last minute."

    Those who miss the deadline to apply will have to pay a penalty.

    More than one million people have already signed up for Covered California, including 200,000 from the Bay Area.