Affordable Care Act
While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.”
A late surge of sign-ups pushed California’s health insurance exchange nearly 100,000 enrollees beyond the original projections of the Obama administration.
A new report on Covered California’s first enrollment period points out some of the much publicized problems, but also gave the state’s healthcare exchange some positive grades.
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.
Whether or not your health insurance can cover your spouse depends on your specific policy.
Under the Affordable Care Act, consumers have the right to appeal decisions made by their health insurance company.