Bakersfield College

Health and Wellness Staff

Student Health Insurance

Health Insurance Enrollment Information

Affordable Care California LogoYou can generally buy marketplace health insurance only during the annual Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment for 2017 coverage starts November 1, 2016.

Some people qualify to apply outside the enrollment period. Qualifying events include life changes like: getting divorced, married; having a baby or adopting; losing coverage because you turned 26, left your job, or your job benefits were reduced. For more information about whether you can apply for health insurance outside of the Open Enrollment Period, see resources listed below.

  • If you qualify for Medi-Cal (making $16,105 or less for a single adult; $32,913 for a family of 4), you can apply at any time.Medical Logo

Having insurance, and a local primary care provider (physician, Physicians Assistant or Nurse Practitioner) makes it easier to succeed in school. Data about college student success supports this statement. That is why the Student Health Services staff is dedicated to assisting you in enrolling in health insurance. We do this in a number of ways.

Apply by Mail with the Medi-Cal Single Streamlined Application provided in English and other languages by clicking here.


  • Student Health Services has arranged to have a Certified Enrollment Counselor periodically available.

In addition, Student Health Services offers updates on our website, via other social media venues and college educational outreach activities, and as part of our classroom presentations.

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