Key sign-up deadline now Dec. 22

Citing "a strong surge in demand," Covered California has extended its deadline for buying health insurance that begins Jan. 1. Consumers now have until Dec. 22 to sign up for full coverage in 2018. The state Obamacare operation has pushed back its sign-up deadlines several times in recent years, allowing latecomers to get coverage they may have otherwise missed -- and slightly padding the closely watched enrollment ... (More)

Enrollment healthy despite politics

Enrollment in Covered California health-care plans continues to run well ahead of sign-ups reported a year ago. For the month of November 2017 -- the first month of open enrollment -- more than 102,000 new consumers selected health insurance via the state Obamacare operation. That's almost a third more consumers who signed up compared with the 80,000 of November 2016. "We're seeing many Californians shop and enroll because the ... (More)

Covered Cal sign-ups rise 23%

Halfway through the first month of open enrollment, Covered California reports more than 48,000 new consumers have signed up for health insurance via the marketplace. For the period Nov. 1 through Nov. 15, sign-ups are outrunning figures from a year ago, in which 39,000 new consumers enrolled. That's an increase of about 23 percent. Peter Lee, executive director of the state Obamacare operation said: "While we are encouraged by ... (More)

12.4% surcharge on silver plans

Covered California's popular silver-tier products will see a 12.4 percent surcharge in 2018, the state health insurance exchange said. California's insurance commissioner pointed the finger at the Trump administration. "Thanks to President Trump's and congressional Republicans' inaction, the 2018 health insurance rates are higher than they would otherwise be," said California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. The total ... (More)

Small-business hike put at 5.6%

Covered California's small-business operation seems to be riding out the health-care storm, announcing premium increases of only 5.6 percent for the upcoming year. That's down slightly from the 5.9 percent hike of 2017. Individual Obamacare premiums in California are expected to rise 12.5 percent for 2018. About 36,000 state residents get their health insurance via the small-business operation, which covers employees of companies ... (More)