Updates on possible impacts to California with proposed health care reforms to the existing federal Affordable Care Act

Posted on August 1st 2017 in Health Plans

Updates from Covered CaliforniaIn the face of federal uncertainty about the future of the Affordable Care Act, Covered California recently released its health plans and rates for 2018. You can view all the new Covered California rates and participating health plans here. The open enrollment period for Covered California’s 2018 coverage year is set to begin on Nov. 1, 2017.

Studies by Covered California and by independent fiscal and health policy experts have concluded that recent proposed Congressional legislation to repeal, replace, or modify the Affordable Care Act – which Congress ultimately failed to pass with the majority votes needed as of July 28, 2017 – would have increased the ranks of the uninsured in California and significantly increased health care costs for millions more consumers. Covered California will continue to assess the potential impacts of any new, proposed federal health care policies, and focus on assuring that we administer the law that exists today. You can find more information on Covered California’s current analyses and data here.

Covered California’s Special Enrollment Period now underway:

  • Covered California has worked very hard to build a competitive market that has helped millions of Californians get quality health care coverage. We want to make sure people know that Covered California is going strong, open for business and will be here for the foreseeable future.

    Though Covered California’s annual open-enrollment period for 2017 coverage ended in Jan. 2017, you can still enroll in Covered California health plans through the Special Enrollment process until Oct. 31, 2017, if you have qualifying life events, such as:

    • o   You lose your health care coverage because you have lost or changed job.o   You lose your health care
    •      coverage because you have lost or changed job.
    • o   You have a baby, adopt a child or place a child for adoption or in foster care.o   You get married or enter
    •      into a domestic partnership.
    • o   You turn 26-years-old.
    • o   You move and gain access to new Covered California health insurance plans that were not available where
    •      you lived previously.
    • o   You become a U.S. citizen, national, or lawfully present individual.

For more information about Covered California’s Special Enrollment, visit www.CoveredCA.com where you can enroll online or get information about obtaining free, confidential in-person assistance in a variety of languages from a local certified enroller in your area. You may also call us directly at (866) 689-2304.  

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