Consumers can change their health plans even if they have been passively renewed. If a household has been passively enrolled into a new plan, because their 2022 health plan is not offered for 2023, the consumer can change plans. If changes are made by December 27, the new plan will become effective January 1, 2023. Plan changes in January will become effective in February.
Posts on the development and implementation of the California health insurance market place, application, account, enrollment, termination.
What is Covered California?
Covered California is not a health plan or health insurance. Covered California is more like a farmer’s market. The market place is organized by Covered California. Insurance companies then bring their health plans to the market place for people to review. Consumers enter the market place and purchase health insurance directly from the vendors. Covered California is just creating the space for the health plan transactions.
The Pregnancy Pre-Existing Condition Question on Covered California
I have always felt uncomfortable asking the Covered California applicant if they or anyone in the household is pregnant. Basically, it is none of my business. It is additionally awkward asking a mother or father if their adult daughter is pregnant. Now that reproductive health care is under assault in our country, I’ve become even more sensitive to asking the question.
How Many People Are In Covered California and Where Do They Live?
Of course, 1.7 million people is a sizeable number of individuals and most of them are receiving a subsidy to reduce their monthly health insurance premiums. Covered California provided a breakdown of the enrollment by region. There are 19 different rating regions in California, some of which encompass more than one county. Covered California also provided the average health insurance premium rate change for 2023 for each region.
The Importance of Properly Terminating MAGI Medi-Cal
Your children could be flipped into Medi-Cal if you return to Covered California without having properly terminated Medi-Cal earlier. On numerous occasions, children were flipped from Covered California to Medi-Cal, even if the stated estimated income was high enough to make everyone eligible for the subsidies.
Public Health Emergency Extended Until October 13th Helping Medi-Cal Eligibility
The Public Health Emergency (PHE) conditions state that no one will be terminated from Medi-Cal unless they move out of state. Of course, individuals can report a change to their situation, such as gaining employer sponsored health insurance, and seek a termination from Medi-Cal.
Automatic Medi-Cal to Covered California Enrollment
Consumers transitioned to Covered California do not have to keep the lowest cost Silver plan they have been enrolled into. You can select a lower or higher metal tier plan (Bronze, Gold, or Platinum.) You can select a different health plan that may support your doctors. For example, you may have been enrolled in a Kaiser Silver plan, but your doctors are affiliated a different medical group; you can change the plan selection.
Most California Health Plans Include Abortion as A Covered Health Care Benefit
Does my Medi-Cal insurance cover my abortion? Yes. Is my private insurer required to cover my abortion? Yes for most people. California law is clear that abortion care is basic health care, and most insurance plans must cover basic health care services. This requirement does not apply to employers that provide “self-funded” health care coverage or grandfathered plans.
Covered California Bait and Switch Health Insurance Websites
Most of the links will take you to insurance agencies that can enroll you in a Covered California health plan. Unfortunately, some of the agents push indemnity and health care sharing ministry plans, not Covered California. Why do they do this? The commissions are higher for these plans. Once the consumer is enrolled in some of these plans, and subsequently want to terminate the coverage because they realize they did not enroll in real a real health plan, there is no support from the agency or the carrier.
Does Medi-Cal Have A Right To Tamper With Your Covered California Account?
Santa Barbara County sent a letter saying the couple did not qualify for Medi-Cal. They then received a letter from Covered California stating that they no longer qualified for any subsidy. When I accessed the couple’s Covered California account, all of their income information had been erased. When I looked at the transaction history on the Covered California account, Santa Barbara County Medi-Cal office had accessed the account and submitted changes.