Kaiser Permanente has released information pertaining to their individual and family health plans for 2017. Most of Kaiser’s health plans are available through Covered California and are eligible for the monthly tax credit subsidy. These standard benefit designs are also offered off-exchange, in addition to several non-standard benefit design plans only offered direct through Kaiser.
The California Office of the Patient Advocate (OPA) has released their health plan quality report cards in time for the 2017 open enrollment period. Now in its 16th year, the 2016/2017 OPA Health Care Quality Report Cards are available online at www.opa.ca.gov. This timely release of the Report Cards is critical as consumers prepare in making the important decision of choosing a new health plan for themselves and their families during 2017 open enrollment. Quality matters when consumers choose a health plan or medical group, and this free tool helps ensure they have the information they need to make an educated decision.
Covered California has released their 2017 Regional Rate and Plan Information summary. This summary has a more in-depth focus specific consumer market information than does their 2017 Health Plan Booklet. While the target audience is Certified Application Counselors and Agents, there is also some very useful information for consumers.
It has been brought to our attention that the some 1095-B forms (required under the Affordable Care Act for reporting minimum essential coverage for subscribers) that were mailed to CaliforniaChoice® members on Friday, March 11, incorrectly listed CalChoice as the employer name and employer address.
In California Kaiser Permanente will be offering ten different health plans for 2016. Six of the plans are the standard benefit design that will be offered through the Covered California Marketplace. Four of the plans are of a non-standard benefit design and will only be available off-exchange directly from Kaiser.
Starting January 1, 2016, we’ll no longer offer the Silver 70 HSA HMO 1500/20% w/ Child Dental and Bronze 60 HSA HMO 3500/30 w/ Child Dental plans to small groups. Some of your groups may be affected by this change and will be automatically enrolled into the Bronze 60 HSA HMO 4500/40% w/ Child Dental plan upon renewal — unless the group chooses another option.
Effective January 1, 2016, chiropractic and acupuncture benefits will no longer be offered as optional riders for your small group Kaiser California clients’ Affordable Care Act (ACA)–compliant plans.
Kaiser Permanente for Individuals and Families (KPIF) has a new billing system for plan members to access and pay their bills. Clients’ premium bills, payment stubs, and online payment portal will have a new look. We have new contact information.