Last Chance to Enroll in Covered California for 2018
Don’t worry! There’s still time to enroll for health insurance coverage. You have until January 31, 2018, but don’t wait until the last week! Congratulations to all of our patients who have reviewed their options and renewed or signed up for coverage. For those who haven’t, start the year off right and ensure you are enrolled.
It’s important to take a look at your health plan during the renewal period to see if options and rates have changed or if your costs have increased. We’re here to help you shop and compare to select a plan with the rates and benefits that best fit you and your family.
Why it’s important to enroll:
- Eight out of 10 people in California qualify for health insurance premium discounts via tax credits.
- Tax penalties will remain the same as last year, at $695 per adult and $347.50 per child, up to $2,085 per family (or 2.5 percent of the household income - whichever amount is higher). The tax bill signed in December 2017 eliminates the penalty, but this doesn't take effect until 2019.
- Preventive services covered by insurance help detect conditions early and avoid expensive emergency care.
It’s our privilege to assist you in renewing or applying for health insurance for the first time. We know how confusing this information can be and we’re here to help.
In Los Angeles, we have shifted our presence by closing our Health Insurance Resource Center (HIRC), and providing our patients with more accessible service. We now have Certified Enrollment Counselors (CECs) available at our medical offices to better assist you during the enrollment period. In Orange County, we will continue assisting our community at our Health Insurance Resource Center in Santa Ana, and select medical offices will also have CECs available.
Call us today at (888) 363-1293 to schedule an appointment and we will review your coverage options.
Changes to Come
One of our health insurance carriers, Anthem Blue Cross, will no longer be a health plan option under the Covered California exchange, effective January 1, 2018. If you are currently covered by Anthem Blue Cross and would like to keep your AltaMed provider, please schedule an appointment with one of our Certified Enrollment Counselors. They will be able to ensure that you keep your current provider and are enrolled with the best possible plan for you and your family.