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Covered California Proposes Bridge Plan to Promote Continuity of Coverage
Board to consider proposal at meeting tomorrow

Covered California has released a recommendation to its board of directors for a bridge plan to provide an affordable health coverage option for individuals with incomes between 139 percent and 200 percent of the federal poverty level. The recommendation will be considered at the board’s Feb. 26 meeting in Sacramento. According to Covered California, the plan not only promotes continuity of coverage but ensures high enrollment and creates a more affordable product through contracts with Medi-Cal managed care plans.

The latest recommendation refines last month’s proposal that was heard by the board but not approved. It includes beginning implementation of a “narrow bridge” in 2014, allowing individuals transitioning from Medi-Cal coverage to stay with the same issuer and provider network. Exchange-eligible enrollees could also benefit from low out-of-pocket premiums through contracts with Covered California.

In addition, the new strategy calls for Covered California to continue its research, assessment and work with federal partners to develop a potential proposal for a broader bridge that would allow exchange-eligible Californians who earn up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level to participate. Implementation would be contingent on prior federal approval.