California Healthline: Six Exchange Plans Offer Coverage Through Public Health Care Programs

Nearly half of the health plans participating in the state health insurance exchange have experience offering health plans through Medi-Cal and county plans and thus might be appealing to lower-income individuals seeking coverage through the new marketplace, Payers & Providers reports (Shinkman, Payers& Providers, 5/30).


The exchange — named Covered California — primarily will serve individuals and small businesses.

Supporters hope that the exchange will function similarly to websites like Amazon and Expedia so that users will be able to choose among various health plans through an easily navigable online store.

The exchange is expected to open for registration in October, and an estimated five million people will purchase plans through the exchange in 2014.

Last week, California officials announced a premium rate structure for health plans offered through the exchange and said that 13 insurers will participate in the marketplace (California Healthline, 5/24).

Plans Offer Public Health Program Coverage

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