94% renewal rate for Calif. plans

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When it comes to health insurance, Californians seem to value consistency. Of the 944,000 people who were could renew their coverage for 2015 through Covered California, the state's health insurance exchange, 94 percent stayed in the same plan that they were in last year. About a third of them shopped for other plans available on the exchange, but few ended up making a change. The other two-thirds took no action and were ... (More)

Calif. subsidies average $5,200

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About 800,000 California households have received federal subsidies under Obamacare, with an estimated average of $5,200 in assistance, Covered California reports. That comes to about $436 per month per household, the state Obamacare operation said. "The assistance provided through the Affordable Care Act helped bring health coverage within reach for more than a million people, and it changed lives across the state," said Covered ... (More)

Poll: Obamacare stumps uninsured

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Despite saturation media coverage of the Affordable Care Act, many uninsured Americans remain clueless about Obamacare offerings, a new poll suggests. "Over half (52 percent) of uninsured Americans are not at all or not very informed about the ACA, and nearly four in 10 (38 percent) have not heard about the new health insurance exchanges," according to an analysis by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies. The Harris Poll ... (More)

Covered Cal signs up 217,000

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California's Obamacare operation says 217,146 consumers have signed up for new coverage in the 2015 health insurance campaign. "More than 1,099,200 people sought coverage and were determined eligible for private health insurance and eligible or likely eligible for Medi-Cal from the start of open enrollment on Nov. 15 through Jan. 11," Covered California said in breaking down the numbers Jan. 13. There were 466,778 enrollments into ... (More)

6 more days for health coverage

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Anyone who made an effort to sign up for health insurance via Covered California gets an early holiday present -- another week to sign up for policies that begin Jan. 1. The state Obamacare operation announced that consumers who had begun the application process or made "good faith effort" would be eligible for the extension until Dec. 21. "We are providing this window to get people across the finish line," Covered California ... (More)