The proposed rule, which applies only to employer-sponsored health insurance, would allow employers to join together as a single group to purchase insurance in the large group market. These improvements stand to open health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and their families by making it more affordable for thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors. By joining together, employers may reduce administrative costs through economies of scale, strengthen their bargaining position to obtain more favorable deals, enhance their ability to self-insure, and offer a wider array of insurance options.
Covered California announced the rates for its health plans in the individual market for 2017. The statewide average weighted increase of 13.2 percent, while higher this year, amounts to a three-year average of 7 percent, which is less than the rate increases before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted.
Set out below are additional Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding implementation of the market reform provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as well as FAQs regarding implementation of the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (MHPAEA), as amended by the Affordable Care Act. These FAQs have been prepared jointly by the Departments of Labor (DOL), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Treasury (collectively, the Departments).
California has put together a high level overview of the health plans being offered in each of the nineteen regions in the state. Each region has two quick fact pages which gives information on rates, plans ranked by premium cost, and regional hospitals in-network.
In California Kaiser Permanente will be offering ten different health plans for 2016. Six of the plans are the standard benefit design that will be offered through the Covered California Marketplace. Four of the plans are of a non-standard benefit design and will only be available off-exchange directly from Kaiser.
Covered California will be hosting bi-monthly webinars for agents, enrollers and navigators on the 2015 renewal and open enrollment period. The first presentation was on the automatic enrollment for existing consumers and some of the technical issues that might occur. The webinar itself, Sales Partner Renewal Webinar October 8th 2014, was approximately 48 minutes long. […]
When it comes to keeping Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) informed about updates and changes, Covered California has been doing a great job. I only wish the communication was as good when it comes to keeping Certified Insurance Agents (CIAs) current with information. The September 10th Community Partner Webinar has lots of good information that is […]