Blue Shield and Anthem are the two health insurance carriers offering plans to Santa Barbara County residents through Covered California for 2023.

Open enrollment for plans through the state’s health insurance marketplace is open through Jan. 31, but the deadline to get full coverage for all of 2023 is Dec. 31.

California residents can compare plan prices, coverage benefits and subsidies available for premium payments on the website,

People can sign up for insurance through Covered California online, on the phone at 800.300.1506, or get help from a certified enroller for free.

The region including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties has 78,190 people enrolled in Covered California health insurance plans.

This is the 10th year of Covered California, which is credited with lowering the rate of uninsured California residents from 17.2% in 2013 to 7% in 2021.

About 1.7 million people are enrolled in the state’s marketplace, and 14.5 million people are enrolled in federal and state marketplaces across the United States, according to Covered California.

The federal Inflation Reduction Act has increased the financial help available to people who enroll with these plans, which means more subsidies available and lower monthly payments for qualifying people who sign up, according to Covered California.

“Right now, 90% of Covered California’s enrollees qualify for financial help, and two-thirds of Covered California’s consumers are eligible for comprehensive health insurance coverage at a cost of $10 or less per month,” according to the state.

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

A stylized hawk's head on a red background

Giana Magnoli, Noozhawk Managing Editor

Noozhawk managing editor Giana Magnoli can be reached at