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 →

Tweet Many Kaiser health insurance plans have always offered maternity coverage.  With the July beginning of the California mandate that all health insurance plans provide maternity and autism coverage, Kaiser added these benefits to the plans in their portfolio that did not already have them. For most of its history, Kaiser has been an HMO (Health Maintenance Organization) plan provider, but in the early 2000s they added PPO plans (Preferred Provider Organization) to their portfolio.  Kaiser offers three families (groupings) of health plans: a traditional HMO family, and two PPO families.  Within each family the benefits of the plans are the same but the deductibleRead 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 →