Covered California Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1st

Things to know about Covered California Open Enrollment – 2018

  • The open enrollment period for Covered California and all other individual health plans in California starts on November 1st and ends January 31st It is important to know that if you sign up after December 15th your plan will not start until February 1st and if you sign up after January 15th your plan will not start until March 1st.
  • Update your Consent for Verification. Part of an application for Covered California requires you to give consent for electronic verification for some of your personal information such as income, immigration status, and incarceration status. You can choose to give consent for 1-5 years. Depending on how many years you chose when you enrolled you may have to re-certify by December 15th or YOU WILL LOSE YOUR TAX CREDITS. This is easily done through your Covered California account online or by calling the member services line at (800) 300-1506. The best option is to call your agent as they can re-certify for you.
  • Anthem Blue Cross has decided to eliminate their PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) plans and replace them with EPO (Exclusive Provider Organization) plans. THIS IS A HUGE CHANGE. This means Blue Cross members that are on EPO plans will no longer be able to get coverage outside of the Blue Cross network. They must see Anthem providers or they will pay full price.
  • Blue Shield of California will be the only insurance company offering PPO plans in Butte County for 2017. Blue Shield is also the only insurance company being offered in Butte County via the SHOP (Small Group Exchange). This is good news for many small businesses as it may allow them to offer Blue Shield PPO plans and qualify for a business tax credit.