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Showing posts from August, 2013

Covered California...And Then There Were Twelve

In late May Covered California announced that there would be 13 health plans in the individual & family health exchange.  

This week one of the 13 health plans, Ventura County Health, changed position and withdrew
from the exchange at least until 2015.  

So, Ventura County's health plan is out leaving 12 total plans available for open enrollment beginning in October.


Covered California SHOP Small Group Plans Announced

Today Covered California released a list of carriers who will offer plans inside of the SHOP Small Group Health Exchange beginning in January 2014.

I have links below to the information at Covered California.  Six total insurance carriers for the entire state, 3 plans in LA Metro and 3 here in Santa Clara County.

The six "finalists" for SHOP include:     

*Blue Shield of California
*Kaiser Permanente
*Health Net of California 
*Western Health Advantage
*Chinese Community Health 
*Sharp Health Plan

Conspicuously absent from the Covered California small group SHOP exchange are national carriers Aetna, UnitedHealth and Anthem (Anthem Blue Cross CA is a subsidiary of Anthem/Wellpoint).  

Covered California SHOP Press Release (8/1/13)

Covered California SHOP Brochure with rates and plans by rating area (8/1/13)


Michael Lujan Resigns - Director of Sales for Covered California

I knew about this yesterday morning after exchanging a couple of e-mails with Michael but didn't feel it should be blogged until it was published publicly. The substance of any personal communication I have had with Michael will, of course, remain private.

As announced by the Sacramento Bee yesterday afternoon, Michael Lujan, who served as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Covered California SHOP small business exchange, has resigned on Wednesday, July 31 with effective end date of August 9th.

I hate to see him go but I am sure that he has good reasons to make a change at this time. Michael has always been available to me (and other agents) to answer questions and concerns about both the SHOP small business exchange and the individual & family plan exchange.

I am sure others will join me in wishing Michael Lujan continued success in the future.