Covered California enrollment nearly triples compared to last year

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The state-sponsored health plan sign-ups have sharply spiked over the last three weeks. Covered California enrollment has spiked sharply as more than 58,000 state residents have signed up over the last three weeks. This represents a rise of almost three times the number of people enrolled when compared to the same time in 2019. Officials gave state residents an extension on the sign-up period to help with coverage in the outbreak. The Covered California enrollment period was extended from January to June. The purpose was to make it possible for…

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New Covered California enrollment jumps 41 percent

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State officials credit the new individual mandate to the rise in health insurance exchange use. The new Covered California enrollment figures have risen sharply since the state introduced its new individual mandate and offered residents additional subsidies on top of those already provided through the Affordable Care Act. The state implemented new rules for its residents for this year’s open enrollment period. There were 418,000 new people added to the Covered California enrollment during the 2020 open application period. That represents a tremendous increase of 41 percent over the new…

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California may use penalties to pay for health insurance subsidies

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Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a tax penalty that would cover the Californian subsidy costs. Governor Gavin Newsom has proposed a new move to fund health insurance subsidies in the state. It would provide an estimated 850,000 Californians with assistance in paying their premiums. The goal is to assist people who make too much to qualify for federal aid but struggle to pay premiums. To be able to afford to provide the additional health insurance subsidies, the Democratic governor has proposed a tax penalty. This would be applied to Californians…

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California health care bill calls for state-run system

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Looking forward to Congress’s likely repeal of the Affordable Care Act, the state is considering alternatives. The California health care system may be turned on its head if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. A state senator is looking to establish a state-run single-payer system through newly introduced legislation. This alternative system would allow the state to conduct the negotiations with providers and other companies. The proposed single-payer California health care system would have the state negotiating their own prices with providers and pharmaceutical companies among others. This would allow…

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Anthem health insurance policies with reduced coverage receive approval

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A judge has given the nod to allow the insurer to move forward with a plan offering no out of network care coverage. Anthem health insurance has been allowed to continue selling a California health plan that doesn’t offer out of network care coverage. A judge gave the ruling that stopped Anthem Blue Cross from being restrained from switching half a million Californians to the plan. A consumer group requested that the judge keep a restraining order in place to stop Anthem from making the switches. The restraint would have…

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Health care reform marketing isn’t reaching some ethnic groups

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Certain communities, such as Latinos, have not been enrolling in the exchanges as much as others. According to the latest data from the health care reform enrollments, Latinos are the ethnic group in the United States that has the greatest amount to gain from purchasing insurance plans but are also the group that are among the least likely to actually sign up. At least one in every three Latinos in the United States do not have health insurance. This is a far greater rate of enrollments among the Caucasians and…

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California health insurance exchange for small businesses taken down

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The SHOP marketplace in the state is now no longer available for businesses shopping for coverage. The most populous state in the country has now decided to take down the California health insurance exchange that was meant for small businesses, likely only temporarily, only four months after it had opened its doors in the first place. This could be seen as yet another blow to the health care reform law for keeping costs down for employers. Officials in the state revealed that they would be suspending enrollments occurring online through…

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