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Can I Buy a Covered California Plan if I Don't Have a Green Card?

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Question: I don’t have a green card yet. Can I buy a California Cover health plan?

Answer: If you are not a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an alien lawfully present in the U.S., you are not eligible to buy a plan through Covered California. However, you can shop for health insurance and buy insurance directly from one of the health insurance companies offering off-exchange plans. Insurers outside of the Covered California are prohibited from turning you down based on your health status or your immigration status and must follow generally the same rules as plans in Covered California.

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IF a person is a U.S. citizen, a U.S. national, or an alien lawfully present in the U.S than would they have a Social Security number? Are there any companies offering off-exchange policies that don’t require a SS# in order to submit an application?

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