Monday, July 14, 2014

Covered California Announces Director of Plan Management and Chief Financial Officer Appointments

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee announced the appointments of Anne E. Price as director of the Plan Management Division and James D. Lombard as chief financial officer.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Covered California Announces Promotion and New Appointment to Senior Leadership Team

Richardson Helped Lead New Health Insurance Exchange Through Its Historic First Enrollment Success; Johnsrud Brings Strong Financial Skills to Agency

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee has announced the appointments of Yolanda R. Richardson as chief deputy executive director of strategy, marketing and product development; and Susannah C. Johnsrud as the new chief deputy executive director of operations.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Covered California Accepting Applications for $16.9 Million in Grants for New Enrollment and Education Program

‘Navigators’ Will Inform and Help Consumers Enroll in Quality, Affordable Health Insurance Plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California™ has announced its intent to award up to $16.9 million in grants for the launch of its Navigator Program, the next phase in the agency’s outreach, education and enrollment efforts.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Covered California's Executive Director: We're Open for Business

“We’re open for business and enrolling thousands of Californians every day.” That’s what I say when people ask what Covered California is doing now that our historic first open-enrollment period has come to an end. We need you to get the message out that Covered California is still very “open for business.”

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Covered California Creates Limited Special-Enrollment Period for Those Covered by COBRA

COBRA Enrollees Have 60 Days to Switch to an Exchange Plan; Move Is Expected to Save California Consumers Money on Health Insurance

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Beginning Thursday, May 15, Covered California will launch a limited-time special-enrollment period for people who have COBRA health insurance and would like to switch to an exchange plan.

People who have health coverage through COBRA (the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) will be eligible to shop for and buy coverage through Covered California from May 15 through July 15, 2014. The two-month window mirrors a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ruling announced May 2 that allows COBRA enrollees to buy plans through the federal exchange until July 1.

The federal policy for the COBRA special-enrollment period was approved amid concerns that notifications did not give consumers clear information about options in the new marketplace. HHS encouraged state exchanges to follow suit.

“COBRA coverage has given vital protection for nearly three decades to people who lost coverage from their employers, especially those who couldn’t get affordable insurance because of their age or a pre-existing condition,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee. “Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, plans in the individual market could be preferable to COBRA coverage because of premium assistance and cost-sharing reductions, available only through the exchanges. For some people who have COBRA coverage, purchasing a plan in the Covered California marketplace during this special-enrollment period could save thousands of dollars a year.”

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Central Coast Enrollment Figures through March 31 Released by Covered California and Department of Health Care Services

Enrollments Nearly Triple Initial Projections; Enrollment Data for All Counties Now Available

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today that from Oct. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014*, under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 95,499 consumers in six Central Coast counties enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans. The new total represents a 55 percent increase from the 61,474 enrollments recorded through Feb. 28.

Covered California Enrollments for Greater San Francisco Bay Area More Than Triple Initial Projections

Enrollment Data for All Counties Now Available

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The nine-county greater San Francisco Bay Area had 289,021 consumers enrolled in subsidized and non-subsidized Covered California health insurance plans from Oct. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014*, Covered California™ and the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) announced today. The new total for health insurance enrollments under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act represents a 48 percent increase from the 194,879 enrollments recorded through Feb. 28.