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No Permanent Residence in CA Yet?

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Question: I just moved from Arizona to California. I am staying with a friend until I find a job and can get settled, but I need health insurance right away. How can I establish residency in CA?

Answer: The fact that you don’t have a permanent home should not affect your eligibility in California as long as you are currently residing here and intend to remain here. Covered California will accept an applicant’s statement regarding their state of residence without other verification. In situations where other information available to Covered California suggests that the applicant may live in a different state, it may ask for verification. This could happen in your case if records available to Covered California show your prior address in Arizona. You will need to provide a statement or other documentation showing that you have moved and now intend to reside in California. Also note that, starting July 11, 2016, to qualify for a special enrollment due to a permanent move, you must also have had been enrolled for at least one day, during the 60 days leading up to your move, under other minimum essential coverage, such as under a job-based health plan, another Marketplace plan, or Medicaid.

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