Blue Shield tops enrollment

For the first time in three years, Blue Shield of California leads enrollment in the state's insurance exchange while Oscar, a closely watched newcomer, experienced a slow start. The Covered California exchange said it won’t release enrollment figures by company until later this month, and insurers declined to share specifics until then. But interviews with industry officials indicate some insurers, such as Blue Shield and Molina ... (More)

Young adults make strong showing

Covered California's youth movement continued for the 2016 enrollment, with young adults consisting of about 37 percent of signups, the state Obamacare operation said. That compares with 29 percent vs. the first open-enrollment period. Overall, more than 425,000 consumers signed up for health care policies, Covered California said Feb. 4. That number will change as consumers have several more days to complete their applications ... (More)

Covered Cal gives stragglers a break

Once again, California's Obamacare operation is offering wiggle room for those who haven't managed to complete their insurance signups before the end of open enrollment. Consumers who begin the enrollment process -- or even make an appointment with an adviser -- are being given until midnight Feb. 6 to complete their applications. A similar extension was offered last year. "Covered California knows that health care coverage is too ... (More)

Survey: Uninsured ‘disengaged’

Most of the nation's uninsured are "disengaged" from the ongoing enrollment process under the Affordable Care Act, a health-care survey indicates. Just 15 percent of those without health insurance are aware that Jan. 31 is the deadline to enroll for Obamacare coverage, the Kaiser Family Foundation survey suggests. The majority (57 percent) of those surveyed could not identify the deadline day, which has been widely publicized and ... (More)

Minority push in final days

Covered California marked the final week of 2016 open enrollment by reaching out to minorities. The state Obamacare operation enlisted the help of lawmakers and community health care pros to encourage lower-income Californians to sign up for coverage by Sunday, Jan. 31. Sen. Ed Hernandez, who chairs the Senate Health Committee, participated in a Covered California conference call Jan. 26. Hernandez and Covered California chief ... (More)