Affordable Care Act
Small nonprofits offering insurance plans on California’s health care exchange are lagging well behind major insurers in sign-ups, potentially undermining a key goal of the federal Affordable Care Act, which sought to drive down costs by increasing competition.
Despite an extended deadline to sign up for health care under Covered California, some in the Bay Area are choosing to pay a penalty instead of insurance because of the cost.
Late in the day, as it became apparent that some consumers could not even begin their application process, Covered California announced a new policy that effectively extends the sign-up deadline for two weeks.
There’s no extension of the deadline to sign up for Covered California, but people who start their applications by Monday will have until April 15th to finish the process.
With less than a week to go from its Monday deadline, Covered California has blown past its enrollment goals for the new health insurance program, according to officials.
Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers have the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance company.
Most health plans do not cover medical services outside of the United States.
For children, those younger than 19, dental care is a pediatric service that must be covered as an essential benefit.
Whether or not your health insurance can cover your children depends on your specific policy.
Whether or not your health insurance can cover your spouse depends on your specific policy.