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By now, you’ve received your letters from Anthem Blue Cross telling you what your 2015 rates are going to be. Depending on your experience this year, and the rate change you got, you may be asking yourself, “is there a better plan for me?” We’ll show you what steps to take to make sure you get through the California open enrollment period with the least amount of hassle. As a starting point, some of the information in the letters was incorrect. The subsidy income qualification levels should have been, “modified adjusted gross income of $16,105 to $46,680 or $32,913 to $95,400 for a family ofRead More →

Don't Be Puzzled By The 2015 Open Enrollment Period

The next open enrollment period begins on November 15th and ends on February 15th, 2015. During this period you can choose to stay on your current plan, move to another plan, or enroll in health insurance for the first time. For the 2015 Open Enrollment Period in California there are many changes taking place, and you need to be aware of the following: Changes to health plans. a. Health plan benefit changes. b. Standardization of all health plan names. c. Health plans that are going away. d. Rate Changes. Timeline for open enrollment changes. Covered California renewal process. a. Required income verification authorization. b. RequiredRead More →

United HealthGroup Leaves California

  The second domino in a linked chain has tipped over. Two weeks ago Aetna announced its departure from California’s individual and family health insurance market, and yesterday UnitedHealth Group, Inc (parent of UnitedHealthcare) announced that UnitedHealthcare (UHC) is leaving California. With UnitedHealthcare leaving California, about 8,000 members will need to get new health insurance before December 31st, when their UHC coverage ends. In this article, we’ll show you the best replacement health insurance plans from the remaining California insurance companies. In California, UHC provided individual health insurance through their Golden Rule subsidiary using the brand name UnitedHealthOne. Golden Rule was created by UHC overRead More →

Looking To The Future

This information is outdated now. SEE THE NEW Obamacare MATERNITY INFORMATION HERE. It’s the beginning of the New Year, 2013, and many changes are going to happen this year. The first of the changes involves the maternity plans in California. When getting maternity insurance, California mothers want to be able to minimize the costs of the pregnancy and the delivery. But mothers also want to be able to see the doctor they are comfortable with. So most mothers-to-be will select a PPO plan before they get pregnant. At SPF Insurance, we specialize in maternity coverage, so we spend a great deal of time analyzing allRead More →

Tweet What Do We Do About Health Insurance After Having A Baby? Bringing a new baby into the world is an honor and a joy, so first off we want to congratulate you on that. Within those first 30 days there are big decisions to be made and what we’re going to do is give you a look at how choosing the right California health insurance after having a baby can be simpler than you might expect. The key to being empowered to make the best decision for your family is understanding your options, knowing what steps to take, and that’s what SPF Insurance willRead More →

Tweet   The state of California required all health insurance companies to include coverage for maternity and autism beginning July 1st.  Anthem Blue Cross offered these benefits in only a handful of their plans, so they made changes to the rest of their health insurance plans to include these new benefits.  The net effect of these changes is that Blue Cross raised the rates on most plans in May to account for the July benefit changes, and dropped a few plans. The Anthem Blue Cross portfolio of plans is very diverse and includes lower cost plans for rate conscious consumers as well as full featured plansRead More →

Blue Shield of California this week disclosed the new health insurance plans they will offer beginning on July 1st. These plans will replace all but 4 of the company’s current plans, and will add maternity care and mental health therapy for Autism. The only existing plans that will continue to be offered after July 1st are the Spectrum PPO 5000, Spectrum PPO 5500, Access+ HMO, and the Access+ Value HMO. Blue Shield of California Plan Overview The new replacement plans are the Shield Secure Plus PPO, Shield Secure PPO, Shield Wise PPO, and the Shield Saver plans. Each of these plans offers similar benefits withRead More →

With the beginning of April it becomes time to start running quotes for individual and family health insurance rates with a May 1st effective start date. The new rates and changes that Anthem Blue Cross of California announced in March now become very evident. Many Anthem customers that have older health insurance plans have seen their rates finally reach the “pain threshold” and as a result they are looking for lower cost alternatives. My quick assessment, from the first half dozen quotes I’ve run, is that Anthem has given up a huge chunk of their lead over the other individual and family health insurance companiesRead More →

In the search to find good maternity insurance California mothers have found fewer options to choose from over the last few years. However, new mandates in 2012 will require that all health insurance plans in California provide maternity health coverage. Both the Individual/Family plans as well as the Group plans will be affected by these new rules, which take effect on July 1st, 2012. Senate Bill SB222 by state Senator Noreen Evans, and Assembly Bill AB210 by Assemblyman Roger Hernandez, were both signed by Governor Jerry Brown on Oct 6th. These two bills require that every health insurance plan offered in California must provide maternityRead More →

We just added new information on the California Maternity Health Insurance page that will answer all your questions about how much your costs will be during the prenatal care and baby birthing process! One of the common questions we get from couples planning to have a baby is, “What will our costs be if we use Pregnancy Health Insurance plan ABC?” This new article, Analysis of Best California Maternity Health Insurance Plans covers the detailed cost break down of the five recommended maternity health insurance plans. One of the key parts of the analysis is showing the tradeoffs between paying more for the prenatal andRead More →

The initial open enrollment period to get health insurance for children under the age of 19 is now over (January 1st to March 1st, 2011), so what can be done to get the new preexisting condition exemption for your child if the child loses health insurance coverage outside of the open enrollment period?  Listed below are a number of special events that offer a late enrollment period that can used to obtain coverage and keep the protections provided by the open enrollment period.*Read More →