What is most distressing to parents is that they are learning of the loss of coverage from their health plans, not Covered California. One account showed the child was still eligible for health insurance through Covered California through May, but the carrier had sent a notice of termination for April 30th.
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The Proof of Coverage form must be submitted by the app-based driver, or other gig worker entitled to the health insurance stipend, in order to receive the stipend from the company. Covered California has done a great job of putting an easy link on top of the member’s home page. With one click, the most recent quarter’s Proof of Coverage form is generated in a PDF document.
Covered California has worked with the health plans to transfer any accumulation of member health care expenses from the off-exchange plan to a new on-exchange plan through Covered California. For example, if you have spent $1,000 toward meeting your deductible under your current plan, that $1,000 accumulation would be transferred to the new plan. Many health plans have announced they will participate in the transfer.
The income ranges in the revised table did not change because they were based on the already released 2021 federal poverty levels for income. What has changed is that the California Premium Assistance Subsidy is no longer listed. This is because the new federal Premium Tax Credit subsidies are larger than anything California was offering. Also note that the Federal Premium Tax Credit extends beyond 600 percent of the federal poverty level.
The household contribution percentages progressively increase until they reach 8.5 percent when the Modified Adjusted Gross Income is at 400 percent of the FPL. There is no cap on the household income in order to receive the federal Premium Tax Credit subsidy. As long as the Second Lowest Cost Silver Plan exceeds 8.5 percent of the household income, there will be a subsidy to lower the cost.
Individuals and families may be eligible for a temporary increase in premium tax credits for this year, with no one paying more than 8.5% of their household income towards the cost of the benchmark plan or a less expensive plan. Meaning, many consumers will be eligible for higher tax credit amounts to help cover their Marketplace health plan premiums.
Without the consent for verification, Covered California cannot forward any monthly Advance Premium Tax Credit subsidy to the health insurance carrier selected by the consumer. Many households, who may have forgotten to update their consent for verification during the Open Enrollment Period are shocked when they must pay the full premium amount of their health insurance. Updating the Consent for Verification restores the monthly subsidy.
The new law requires Covered California to automatically enroll individuals who have been terminated from Medi-Cal into the lowest cost Silver plan in the person’s region. The automatic enrollment is meant to prevent a gap from when an individual or family is terminated from Medi-Cal to when they enroll in a new health plan.
Drivers will need to supply proof of health insurance. The health insurance can be a health plan purchased through Covered California or off-exchange directly from the carrier according to Covered California. Important to note is that Medicare, Medi-Cal, employer sponsored group plans, and Minimum Coverage plans (for individuals under 30 years old) are not qualifying health insurance for the purposes of the stipend. Drivers should always consult the app-based network for health plans eligible for the stipend.
Individuals and families who enrolled in health insurance through Covered California for plan year 2021 were determined eligible for any federal or California premium assistance based on 2020 FPL numbers. Even if the new FPLs are higher than the estimated income, the enrollment and subsidies will continue. However, if you make change to your application during the year, the new FPLs will apply and could trigger Medi-Cal eligibility.