Blue Shield Covered California Health Plans 2018

2018 Blue Shield Health Plans.  Review, compare and make changes during the open enrollment.

The Covered California open enrollment will start November 1 and ends January 31, 2018.  All enrollments from November 1 through December 15 will have a January 1 start date. Enrollments after December 16 through January 15 have a February 1 start.  Enrollments after January 15, have a March effective date.

  • To receive your “premium subsidy” or premium discount, your enrollment must be through the Covered California Exchange.  If you enroll directly with an insurance company, you will not receive the subsidy or discount.
  • Call anytime and I can assist with your enrollment.

The 2018 Blue Shield Covered California Health Insurance plans will be available for viewing during the upcoming open enrollment period and will be available for Individuals, Families and Children.  Call me today for the appropriate enrollment options. 

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  • Covered California Quote with Discount – See if you qualify for a subsidy (discount).  Call for a quote.

If you need help enrolling through Covered California, call me I can enroll you over the phone.

Enroll in a Blue Shield plan “On or Off” of the Covered California Exchange .. Enrolling Inside the Covered California Exchange is typically for the person or family who qualifies for a subsidy due to their income (see the chart below).  Individuals and families who do not qualify for a state subsidy, will usually enroll outside of Covered California (the plans are the same) although the application process is much quicker because you don’t have to state your income totals.

Other Companies:  Kaiser   –   Anthem

Find a Plan Design you can Afford … From the basic to the fully loaded, Blue Shield offers plans designed to fit your varying budgets and needs.  All of our plan options are compliant with the Affordable Care Act, and align with the four “metal” levels of coverage established by the law.  Ultimate (Platinum), Preferred (Gold), Enhanced (Silver) and Basic (Bronze).

Blue Shield also offers Get Covered (Catastrophic) plan.  Each plan varies according to price and amount of coverage, allowing you to find the premium, copay and deductible combination that’s right for your unique situation.

Plus, all of our plans provide coverage for all the essential health benefits:  Ambulatory patient services, Emergency services, Hospitalization, Maternity and new born care, Mental health and Substance abuse, Prescription drugs, Lab and X-Ray, Preventive care, Pediatric services including dental and vision care.

Help Paying for Coverage … Under the Affordable Care Act, eligible individuals and families can qualify for financial assistance to help with monthly rates and out-of-pocket healthcare expenses to ensure that everyone has easier access to quality healthcare coverage that’s affordable for them.  Covered California offers financial assistance depending on your income and family size (see the chart above).

The following table depicts incomes and federal poverty level percentages. Those making 138 percent of the federal poverty level or less may qualify for Medi-Cal, the low-cost or no-cost health insurance program in California.

Bronze (Basic Plan):  The Basic plan is designed for people who want affordable coverage with low monthly rates in exchange for a higher deductible for protection in the event of a serious medical emergency.  Benefits like preventive care and three doctor visits are available for a fixed copayment before meeting the deductible.

Bronze (Basic HSA Plan):  If you are looking for a plan with lower monthly rates and a way to better manage your healthcare coverage spending, look to the Blue Shield Basic Plan for high deductible health plans that are Health Savings Account eligible.  With an HSA, you can prepare for future medical costs by contributing pre-tax money to your own healthcare related expenses.  And preventive care is received before the deductible.

Silver (Enhanced Plan):  The Enhanced plan offers a good balance between you premium and your out of pocket costs.  You’ll receive benefits like doctor visits and generic drugs prior to meeting the annual deductible.  Other covered medical services, such as hospitalization, are covered after you meet the annual medical deductible.

Gold (Preferred Plan):  Our Preferred plan offers good coverage with manageable out of pocket costs, so it’s easier to predict additional expenses.  There are no deductibles, so Blue Shield starts paying for all covered benefits immediately, including popular benefits such as doctor visits, prescriptions and urgent care.

Platinum (Ultimate Plan):  Blue Shield’s Ultimate plan offers you the lowest out-of-pocket costs for medical services.  There are no deductibles, so we start paying for covered benefits right from the start.  By paying higher monthly premiums, you’ll usually pay less when accessing care for medical services such as doctor visits, prescription drugs and hospitalization.

Enroll Today:

Subsidy Discounts – Call today and I’ll help you determine your 2018 plan premiums.

Help with enrollment or if you have questions, please contact me anytime.

John Conner
916-682-1117 – phone
916-258-0296 – fax

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