By CBS13 Staff

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – For the first time ever, Covered California is extending its open-enrollment deadline.

The deadline is typically December 15 for coverage beginning in January but has been moved to December 30.

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The agency is extending that for two weeks because of the surging pandemic and increased need for health coverage. Multiple regions across the state are under tighter stay-at-home restrictions due to falling ICU capacities.

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California surpassed 1.5 million cases last week and reported over 21,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of Sunday, Dec. 13.

With the extended deadline, consumers must pay that first bill for coverage to start on January 1.

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