Affordable Care Act
Covered California Creates Limited Special-Enrollment Period For Those Covered By Cobra.
One major change in the delivery of health care brought about by the ACA is the development of health care exchanges, also referred to as marketplaces, which allow individuals to purchase health insurance from a list of competing plans that qualify based upon a set of minimum essential benefits.
California was one of the first states in the nation to open a health care exchange, called Covered California, which allows California residents to calculate what health care plans are available to them based on their income, the number of people in their families, and age. Covered California has contracted with 12 insurance companies that represent a mix of major insurers and smaller companies, regional and statewide doctor and hospital networks, and both for profit and nonprofit plans. Of the 12 plans, only one plan is available in San Benito County: Anthem Blue Cross.
The ACA requires that:
• Almost all Americans be insured in some form; each person who is required, but doesn’t purchase health care coverage, will face increasing annual penalties.
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