Alameda-Based Health Plan Pulled From Covered California Insurance Marketplace

ALAMEDA (CBS SF) — An Alameda-based health plan offered through Covered California, the state’s health insurance marketplace that launched last month, has been removed as an option, officials from the state program said Saturday.

The Alameda Alliance for Health was one of 12 insurance options available on the exchange, but was suspended by the state Department of Managed Health Care, Covered California officials said.

The plan has been removed because it has not been approved by the state to sell health coverage in the commercial market.

Covered California notified Alameda Alliance in mid-October about the license issue and set an Oct. 31 deadline to get state approval, which was not met.

According to officials, Alameda Alliance’s license as a Medi-Cal provider is not affected by the suspension.

Prospective health care enrollees have been told to find other plans. There are other options available in the Alameda County area.

Residents can learn more about health plans at http://www.coveredca.com or by calling (888) 975-1142.

(Copyright 2013 by CBS San Francisco and Bay City News Service. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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