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)

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)

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 up 12.5% in ’18

The average statewide premium for 2018 will reflect a 12.5 percent increase, California's Obamacare operation says. Looking for positives in a time of uncertainty, Covered California played up its stability -- "all 11 participating health insurance companies will be returning for the upcoming year" -- and cited the "ongoing uncertainty and a lack of clarity at the federal level." But one of those 11 insurers is pulling back ... (More)