Covered Cal rates up 13 percent

Covered California officials are scrambling to put a positive spin on rate hikes for 2017 that should average more than 13 percent. Executive Director Peter Lee talked up the "power of shopping," claiming, "Almost 80 percent of our consumers will either be able to pay less than they are paying now, or see their rates go up by no more than 5 percent, if they shop and buy the lowest-cost plan at their same benefit level." The ... (More)

8% premium hikes expected in ’17

After a honeymoon period of several years, Covered California customers will be looking at a meaningful increase in premiums for 2017. The state Obamacare operation is predicting rate increases of 8 percent next year, it said in a budget proposal. That's double the 4 percent average of the past two years, but lower than projections elsewhere in the nation for Affordable Care Act marketplaces. Some consumer advocates said ... (More)

Obamacare support at peak in Calif.

The Affordable Care Act is enjoying unprecedented and widespread support in California as it enters its third signup period. More than 60 percent of voters support the healthcare reform law, with just 33 percent opposed, according to a new California Field Poll. That 62 percent support rating is up from 56 percent shown in the Field Poll of 2014. "While views about the ACA remain highly partisan, for the first time, majorities ... (More)

2016 rate increases average 4%

Obamacare rate increases in California will pretty much follow last year's script, officials say. Covered California announced an average hike in premiums of 4 percent, just under 2015's 4.2 percent. "This means the majority of Covered California consumers will either see a decrease in their health insurance premiums or an increase of less than 5 percent if they choose to keep their current plan," Covered California said in ... (More)

Covered Cal aims for 1.7 million

The state Obamacare operation says it's ready to sign up another 500,000 Californians in the enrollment period that began Nov. 15. That would bring total enrollment to 1.7 million state residents. "There still is a lot of work to do, because an estimated 3.2 million people still are uninsured in California," Covered California chief Peter Lee said as open enrollment began for the 2015 coverage year. The enrollment period -- the ... (More)