California Healthline: Exchange Bus Tour ‘Resonating’ With Californians as Open Enrollment Nears

by David Gorn Covered California officials this week are on a bus tour across the state — stumping Thursday in La Habra and making multiple stops Friday in Los Angeles — in preparation for Saturday’s launch of the exchange’s second open enrollment period. “It’s been an excellent opportunity to get the word out about open … Continue reading

California Healthline: The Bus Stops Here

by David Gorn On Thursday, Covered California officials announced they’ll board a tour bus Monday morning to barnstorm across the state to promote the launch of the exchange’s second open enrollment period that starts Nov. 15. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee will be among those on the bus taking off from the Capitol steps in Sacramento … Continue reading

California Healthline: Medi-Cal Officials Hope Enrollees Aren’t Confused by Exchange Renewal Notices

by David Gorn Last week, state officials said they’re planning to get a message out to families that have coverage both in Medi-Cal and Covered California — that the renewal notices from the exchange are not the same as Medi-Cal renewal notices.Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program. “Estimates are that there’s about a 20% overlap, where … Continue reading

LA Times: California spends $13.4 million to fix Obamacare service woes

Ana Oliva and Felix Portillo of Los Angeles ask Valeria Lopez about Covered California insurance at an enrollment event in March in downtown L.A. (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE  California’s health insurance exchange hired two outside firms for $13.4 million to address long wait times for consumers calling about their Obamacare coverage. Covered … Continue reading

California Healthline: One Year Later: What Worked for Covered Calif. and What To Expect in November

About 7,100 Californians signed up daily for private health insurance in the state's exchange during the first week of December, data show. (David McNew / Getty Images),0,5700327.story#ixzz2nNcmjrOg

by Michelle Stuckey Oct. 1 was the one-year anniversary of California’s health insurance exchange under the Affordable Care Act. After some growing pains in the first year, officials are preparing to launch its second open enrollment period next month. The exchange is “gearing up and building on the partnerships, community-based enrollment efforts and lessons learned … Continue reading

KPCC: Covered California plans changes to make buying insurance easier

Covered California officials on Thursday announced several changes the agency will implement in an effort to make signing up for health insurance easier during the second round of open enrollment, which begins Nov. 15. Peter V. Lee, director of the state-run health insurance marketplace acknowledged during a press conference that the agency had made mistakes during … Continue reading

U-T San Diego: California gives no-bid health pacts

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD  FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2013 file photo, Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, talks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Long before it opened its doors to the public last fall, California’s health insurance exchange awarded a small contract to a business … Continue reading

LA Times: 30,000 Californians face Obamacare enrollment delays, dropped coverage

Peter Lee, Covered California’s executive director, said the exchange is working hard to resolve customers’ problems. Above, he discusses consumer outreach last week in Los Angeles. (Anne Cusack/Los Angeles Times) By CHAD TERHUNE California’s health insurance exchange is vowing to fix enrollment delays and dropped coverage for about 30,000 consumers before the next sign-up period … Continue reading

California Healthline: Exchange Plans Ad, Outreach Campaign

by David Gorn On Monday, Covered California officials announced plans for a $94 million advertising and outreach campaign for the coming year, which includes an additional commitment of $14.6 million above what the exchange initially planned for community grants. The exchange’s second open enrollment period starts Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. Covered California’s … Continue reading

Sacramento Business Journal: There are bumps, but California is progressing with health reform, panelists say

Kathy Robertson Things are a little less scary but still confusing as the health-care industry heads toward a second year of business with Covered California, panelists said Friday at a Sacramento Business Journal forum on the Affordable Care Act. Editor and moderator Jack Robinsonlikened the situation to a plane that’s taken off and risen above the … Continue reading

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