Covered California

Insurance startup Oscar Health seeks entry to Covered California

UPDATED. Insurance startup Oscar Health is seeking approval to enter California’s health benefits exchange by 2016, telling its board of directors that the company’s focus on consumers would be beneficial to the state. Started in early 2014, New York-based Oscar is trying to position itself as the technology-driven, consumer-focused alternative to the big carriers. It’s […]

Obama’s executive order on immigration could be a boost for Covered California

Immigration rights’ activists largely cheered President Obama’s recent executive order that would permit certain people already in the U.S. to stay in the country, but  in California, it may  also be a boon for expanded MediCal enrollments. Assuming it holds, the order announced last week would affect some 5 million people of immigrant status. Currently, the Affordable […]

New TV ads for Covered California take on deportation worries

With Obamacare open enrollment beginning this coming Saturday, a lot of people have questions about how the HealthCare.gov site will hold up. But another question is especially pertinent in California – how many Latinos will be signing up? Some California residents have voiced their concern about signing up for Obamacare when they have family members […]

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Why Covered California is downsizing as other state exchanges grow

Kynect. Maryland Health Connection. The Washington Health Benefit Exchange. Every one of those state insurance exchanges added new carriers in preparation for Obamacare’s second open enrollment period this fall. Covered California did not. Instead, the Golden State took a different approach: Its exchange is getting smaller. Dwindling Participation. Diminished Returns? When Covered California unveiled its […]

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Good news for Californians: 2015 will bring lower health insurance premium hikes

After years of double-digit rate hikes in health insurance premiums, California will see average increases of 4.2 percent in 2015 for people who purchase insurance through the Covered California exchange, the state’s Obamacare marketplace. It’s good news for consumers, but two of the top insurance officials in the state disagree about why it’s happening. Covered California’s executive director […]

YouTube joins the campaign to get young invincibles to sign up for healthcare

At Wednesday’s FamiliesUSA news conference about state health insurance exchanges, the people leading these efforts spoke as smartly about marketing as about platinum, gold, silver and bronze plans and sign-ups for qualified health plans vs. Medicaid. The leaders of exchanges in California, Connecticut, Kentucky, New York and Washington shared stats about sign-ups. They also discussed […]

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California health insurance exchange failing to reach more Spanish speakers

LOS ANGELES -Latino lawmakers and health leaders in California are sounding alarms about the insurance marketplace’s preparation and tactics for enrolling Spanish speakers and are urging changes following the recent announcement that fewer than 1,000 signed up in the health law’s first month. “This is completely unacceptable,” said state Sen. Norma Torres, a Democrat who […]