Covered California open enrollment ends this Sunday. Sort of.
For starters, the agency announced Thursday that people who start an application by this Sunday get until next Friday, Feb. 20, to finish it. That's similar to steps that Covered California has taken in the past.
But advocates have long been frustrated with the timing of open enrollment. That's because of how penalties for lacking insurance are assessed -- on your taxes. The tax deadline is not for another two months, April 15.
It's easy to imagine that plenty of people will discover the penalty as they file their taxes over the next two months -- and simultaneously discover they are locked out of buying insurance.
In a surprise, Peter Lee told me Thursday afternoon that Covered California is considering "contingency plans."