Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Numbers That Matter: Covered Lives and Care Made Truly Affordable

Over the past few years, much attention has been focused on some of Covered California “numbers” — the number enrolled, the amount spent on marketing, the number of enrollees who paid their premium, and premium rate increases, to name a few. These are important numbers that help explain the extent to which we are delivering on our promise.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Covered California Board Protects Consumers Against Skyrocketing Specialty Drug Costs To Ensure Access To Vital Medications

Covered California Works with Consumer Groups and Others to Become the First Health Exchange to Approve Rules to Help Consumers Get the Medications They Need to Fight HIV, AIDS, Diabetes, Hepatitis C and Other Chronic Conditions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California made history on Thursday when it became the first health exchange in the nation to adopt benefit design changes to improve access to high-cost specialty drugs. The Covered California Board approved the last in a series of changes, which will take effect in 2016, at its meeting on Thursday. The improvements come after months of meetings between exchange leadership and consumer organizations, stakeholders, carriers and regulators to determine what is in the best interest of all Covered California consumers. 

Covered California Has Served 1.8 Million Consumers Since It Began Offering Coverage In 2014

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee announced Thursday that more than 1.8 million Californians have been covered through the state health benefit exchange, with the majority paying less than $150 per month and many tens of thousands paying less than $10 per month for coverage.

Covered California Announces Appointment of Dr. Lance Lang As Chief Medical Officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee announced the appointment of Dr. Lance Lang as chief medical officer.

Dr. Lang will be responsible for working with present and future qualified health plans to ensure that the right care is delivered at the right time for Covered California enrollees. In addition, Dr. Lang will help with strategic planning to incorporate the lessons gained from his experience with innovation work supported by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to negotiate health plan contracts on behalf of consumers.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Covered California Unveils Proposed Budget Plan for 2015-2016

Prudent Fiscal Planning and Strong Enrollment Put Agency on Solid Financial Footing as It Transitions from Startup to Ongoing Operations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California unveiled its proposed budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 and highlighted the prudent fiscal planning that has gone into establishing the largest state health exchange in the nation.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

More Than 33,000 Consumers Unaware of Tax Penalty for Being Uninsured Have Enrolled In Health Insurance through Covered California Since February

Those Without Health Insurance Have Three Days to Enroll in Covered California to Minimize Penalty for Being Uninsured in 2015

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — With just two days until the April 30 deadline, Covered California urged consumers on Tuesday to enroll in health coverage and announced that more than 33,000 people who signed up since February indicated they were unaware of the tax penalty for being uninsured. The 33,000 enrollees were among more than 91,000 consumers who enrolled in coverage through special enrollment since open enrollment ended in February.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Covered California Releases Enrollment Data for the Central Valley Area

Data Continue to Show Strong Consumer Demand for Coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The nine-county Central Valley region had 40,372 consumers select an insurance plan through Covered California from Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 22, 2015.

The Central Valley counties of San Joaquin, Kern, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare, Fresno, Kings and Madera represent about 8 percent of new enrollment statewide, which totaled 495,073 over the same period. These counties represent Covered California pricing regions 10, 11 and 14.