If you’re signed up with Healthy San Francisco, there’s one very important thing you need to know: Healthy San Francisco is not health insurance. So, it’s not going to get you off the hook for that individual mandate.
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Covered California will not be releasing any enrollment figures until mid-November, but San Franciscan Paul Cello says he’s already in — and reports his new insurance will have better benefits, at lower monthly cost than the plan he’s on now.
Cello originally hails from Florida and says he has friends there who are not fans of the Affordable Care Act. So he didn’t delay.
The notice from Kaiser came in the mail about ten days ago.
Luke Donavan’s health insurance premiums were going up. A lot.
Donavan, 41, of San Francisco, currently pays $841 per month for health insurance for himself, his wife and three young children. Effective Jan. 1, that’s going up to $1,000, with a higher deductible.
Have you heard about the young invincibles? That’s the name given to young people who think nothing bad can happen to them.
Enrollment of healthy people like them in insurance under the Affordable Care Act is key to offsetting the costs of older, less healthy buyers.
Brad Stevens is 54-years-old and not so invincible anymore.
For the roughly two million Californians who currently buy health insurance on their own, only about a third will qualify for government tax subsidies through Covered California.
And without that subsidy to offset prices, there’s little incentive for people to buy on the state exchange, says insurance broker Carrie McLean.
It’s been somewhat of a crazy night here on the health beat. I thought understanding the intricacies of the Affordable Care Act were challenging. No one told me that reporting on Covered California’s understanding of web metrics was part of this job. Folks, I live for page views. Please read this: Source: Sacbee Covered California now …
While the mood was equally buoyant at a Hampton, Virginia, rally, the circumstances for people wanting insurance in the state couldn’t have been more different. At Enrollfest, one of the few Obamacare events in the state, organizer Gaylene Kanoyton was quick to point out that “the state is not providing any resources. So, we just have to go ahead and move on. It is a grassroots effort. It is up to all of us as citizens to come together.”
The ceremonial switch was thrown Tuesday morning at 8 a.m., and Covered California was open for business. By 4:30 p.m., officials said the Covered California website had received 5 million hits, plus call center wait times were 20-30 minutes.
Covered California is the state’s new health insurance marketplace, established as part of the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare.
California’s health heavy-hitters formally opened the state’s health insurance marketplace, Covered California, Tuesday morning from its call center in Rancho Cordova. The federal government partial shutdown does not affect these health care exchanges nationwide.
“Covered California is officially open for business,” said Covered California executive director Peter Lee. “We stand with thousands of Californians across the state as we kick off our effort to help educate and enroll millions of currently uninsured Californians.”
Today marks a milestone on the nation’s long march toward universal health coverage: the launch of online marketplaces, called exchanges, designed to help people find insurance they can afford.
It’s an idea pioneered by Massachusetts seven years ago. People here call their program a success, and say the state’s exchange was an indispensable factor.