Category: Obamacare

Friday Free Read: The One That Got Away

Much has been made recently of the standout job Covered California, the state's new health insurance marketplace, has done in recruiting the already existing health carriers to their cause.  On the surface, it was not a tough sale: Covered California is asking carriers "Please sell your product to our citizens, and not only will we advertise your product through traditional means as well as human...

Benefit Breakdown: Beware the Subsidy Cliff

This fall, millions of Americans will take advantage of generous government subsidies meant to assist consumers in purchasing their health insurance policies.  As the law is designed, the less you make, the more you earn in subsidies.  However, what happens if you exceed your subsidy threshold, even by a single dollar?  Dan Mangan at CNBC.com attempted to answer that question today in his article, "Look Out Below!...

Transition 2014: A Californian’s Guide to their Obamacare Transition Options

Obamacare is coming!  In just a few short weeks, Covered California, California’s state-based health insurance exchange, will begin accepting applications for new Obamacare-compliant health plans that will start in January of 2014.  This guide is designed to help you, the California consumer, match your current situation to the choices you will have when enrolling in your new plan this fall. First, let’s address those of...

Covered California Announces Contracts with Insurance Carriers

CoveredCA, California's state-based health exchange, today announced that 12 carriers have signed their contracts to participate in the upcoming service year, starting January 1, 2014.  Those carriers include: Alameda Alliance for Health Anthem Blue Cross of California Blue Shield of California Chinese Community Health Plan Contra Costa Health Plan Health Net Kaiser Permanente L.A. Care Health Plan Molina Healthcare Sharp Health Plan Valley Health Plan...

Covered California reveals 2014 standard benefit plan designs

Covered California, California's health insurance marketplace, has published on their site the standard benefit health insurance plan designs for the upcoming 2014 coverage year.  Plans will be divided into Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Take a look at the chart here: The big change to the current market is going to be the deductible levels.  Currently, none of the major California health insurance carriers are...