You are first offered the chance to adjust the APTC subsidy from 100 percent to a lower percentage when you first enroll in a Covered California health plan. After the enrollment has been completed you must fish around in your account to find the APTC slider. The APTC slider allows you to reduce or dial back how much of the monthly APTC subsidy you are receiving from 100 percent down to 0.
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Neither Covered California nor the sample Blue Cross letter being sent to members explains why the UC hospitals are no longer in-network. Someone, Blue Cross or UC, pulled the plug retroactively to January 1. Fortunately, Blue Cross expanded their EPO network to include Sutter doctors and hospitals for 2022.
For a single adult, the monthly Medi-Cal income was $1,482. In 2022, the monthly income will increase to $1,564. In other words, an adult can earn up to $1,564 per month and still qualify for no cost Medi-Cal. MAGI Medi-Cal annual amounts for a single adult increased to $18,755, from $17,775 in 2021, for a single adult.
PPO dental plans are more widely accepted than HMO plans. PPO plans will also reimburse you if you receive services from an out-of-network dentist. You will always minimize your out-of-pocket costs if you use an in-network dentist. PPO plans have higher monthly premiums because of the larger network of dentists and the out-of-network coverage provided. None of the dental plans will cover implants, tooth whitening, or adult orthodontics.
If you consider certified agents are an extension of the Covered California customer service staff, the different agent compensation models are like paying a different hourly wage based on the health plan enrollment. The varying compensation amounts introduces a certain level of bias. If you are paid $15 an hour for enrollments in health plan X and only $8 per hour for enrollments in health plan Y, which health plan would you favor?
The BlueCard program allows members to receive some health care services outside of California. This is an important feature for individuals who routinely spend weeks or months outside of California on business. With the exception of emergency services, if an individual needed small health care service in another state, they were almost forced to buy two health plans; one for California and one for the other state.
If you indicate that your income in 2022 will begin on January 1, 2022, and you are applying in December, Covered California will determine you have NO income for December and are therefore eligible for Medi-Cal.
Most consumers would be surprised to learn that their health plans are being rated on how well their doctors treat them. Consumers don’t want their health plan involved in their health care decisions or interactions with their doctors. Consequently, some health plans are paying for the sins of some providers by being labeled with a low star rating.
There is a reasonable expectation that Bright HealthCare individual and family plans will fulfill all of their contractual obligations for paying claims and adhering to the member cost-sharing structure of the health plans. The weak spot for some health plans is the customer service department. An understaffed customer service unit can lead to long wait times on the phone or emails not being promptly returned. There can also be issues with prior authorization for medical procedures, durable medical equipment, and prescription medications.
The “California Premium Credit Program” is not an eligibility-based program. Starting plan year 2022, the $1 state premium credit will apply to both subsidized and unsubsidized Covered California QHP enrollees, including the catastrophic QHP enrollees but will exclude individuals in a dental-only plan.