Covered Cal web site ailing again

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Reports of new troubles on the Covered California continue to come in, just weeks before the start of open enrollment for the Obamacare operation's second year. One broker told the Sacramento Business Journal that he'd been unable to make changes to health insurance plans for clients for several weeks. He called it "the same nightmare as last year." While CoveredCalifornia.com had its share of issues in the initial enrollment ... (More)

Californians: Cover illegal aliens

Auditor's magnifying glass

A majority of the state's voters support extending current health insurance programs to all low-income Californians, including undocumented immigrants, according to a new statewide poll. The poll was commissioned by The California Endowment, a foundation that has been actively working to expand health insurance access to all people, regardless of immigration status. The Affordable Care Act expressly bars undocumented immigrants from ... (More)

Vision quest ended by governor

Vision care glasses

The Legislature-approved plan to set up a vision-care service connected to Covered California suffered a veto by Gov. Jerry Brown. The governor said in his veto message that the vision-care law would lead to an unnecessary "new state bureaucracy" that would "divert Covered California's focus with a new scheme." The plan under AB 1877 was to set up an independent web site for vision-care-insurance sales to consumers. Under AB ... (More)

Eligibility questions need answers

Passport to prove immigration status

Almost 100,000 California families face loss of Obamacare coverage because of eligibility "inconsistencies," state officials say. The deadline is the end of the month. Covered California said it's reaching out "with a a multitouch, multichannel outreach approach to notify individuals who risk losing coverage," the state Obamacare operation's chief, Peter Lee, said in early September. The eligibility questions almost all concern ... (More)

Dental plans set by Covered Calif.

getting children's dental benefits under Obamacare

California's Obamacare operation is offering new "family" dental plans to its 2015 offerings, in addition to the previously announced pediatric dental expansion. The dental plans that offer care to adults are stand-alone and come with no financial assistance. Covered California said the idea was "to offer affordable dental coverage to adults that was not available in 2014." The family dental plans sold by Covered California are ... (More)