Covered California enrollees who underestimated their income when signing up for California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act may be hit with sticker shock when tax season rolls around.
The board that oversaw the rollout of the Affordable Care Act in California is undergoing its first major turnover since the state-operated health insurance marketplace was established four years ago.
California’s health insurance exchange has exceeded last year’s signups during the first month of open enrollment.
The Obama administration will promote health insurance coverage at shopping malls starting on Black Friday and continuing through the busiest shopping days of the holiday season, officials announced Wednesday. They said more than 462,000 people selected a private insurance plan in the first week of 2015 enrollment through the online marketplace HealthCare.gov.
According to Covered California, 11,357 consumers selected an insurance plan in the first four days of the second round of open enrollment that began Tuesday. Last year, when technical glitches and paperwork confusion marred the opening of the exchanges nationwide, it took 15 days to reach 11,000 plan selections.
Insurance sign-ups under California’s health care exchange are running ahead of the pace from a year ago, when the marketplace opened for the first time.
The California Department of Managed Health Care began investigating in May after patients complained they were told that certain medical providers were included when they chose a health plan, only to find out after their appointment that their doctor was not part of their network. Seeing an out-of-network doctor increases costs significantly for patients.
After initial missteps caused a choppy start, California health care officials are betting that an upgraded website, more help and better Spanish-language outreach will result in a smoother and bigger second open enrollment season under the Affordable Care Act this year.
Some Californians who purchased individual health coverage through the state’s insurance exchange are suddenly being dropped or transferred to Medi-Cal, the state Medicaid program for the poor that fewer doctors and providers accept.
Following the passage of the national health care reform, California created Covered California, an agency or exchange to help implement the new law. Beginning in 2014, Covered California will offer plans to help individuals and small […]
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About 900,000 Californians who enrolled for Medi-Cal this year are still waiting for their official ID card that will give them eligibility.
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California’s health insurance exchange beyond the original enrollment projections of the Obama administration.