CHA News Article

Covered California Announces 2019 Rates, Plans for Small Businesses

Last week, Covered California released the 2019 health plan choices and rates for small businesses and their employees. On average, premiums in 2019 will increase 4.6 percent over 2018, the smallest year-over-year increase since the marketplace’s inception in 2014. Plan offerings for 2019 include two preferred provider organization plans from Blue Shield of California and Health Net; two health maintenance organization plans (Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield); Chinese Community Health Plan in San Francisco; and Sharp Health Plan in San Diego. Health Net will launch new offerings in the final quarter of 2018.

Currently, more than 47,000 individuals have insurance through Covered California for Small Business. Since last year, membership has grown 33 percent — by approximately 12,000 individuals. As a result of this growth, it is one of the largest small business health options programs in the nation.