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)

Surcharge decision set for Sept. 30

Stymied by federal uncertainties, Covered California has delayed its decision on whether to issue a surcharge for 2018 on "silver" health-care plans. The delay results from a lack of direction from the Trump administration on the future of federal subsidy payments. "The lack of clarity and direction at the federal level continues to be a challenge, and Covered California is doing everything it can to stabilize the market and ... (More)

Covered Cal rates in the mail

With open enrollment just around the corner -- beginning Nov. 1 and running through Jan. 31 -- the state Obamacare operation is encouraging consumers to begin their shopping now. Covered California began mailing out notices to its health-insurance customers the second week of October, most delivering some dose of sticker shock due to double-digit premium increases. "Most of those renewing with us get subsidies that mean they are ... (More)

Covered Cal seeks care reforms

Covered California is moving aggressively to address quality of care issues via its new contracts with health insurers. Most contract provisions go into effect for the years 2017-19. The changes include a system for identifying and penalizing health care providers who provide substandard care. "We are creating a market that rewards quality over quantity and moves health reform forward in an impactful way," Covered California ... (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)