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Covered California for Small Business Announces Rates and Plans for 2018

Yesterday, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) released its health plan choices and rates for the 2018 plan year. The weighted average rate change of 5.6 percent is less than last year and is slightly lower than the overall medical trend for small- and large-group business lines in California. CCSB will offer five plans in 2018, including two preferred provider organization plans with full provider networks from Blue Shield of California and Health Net; two health maintenance organization plans that are provider- and hospital-based from Kaiser Permanente and Sharp Health Plan; and Chinese Community Health Plan in San Francisco. CCSB will not offer Western Health Advantage in 2018, which will impact an estimated 350 consumers.

Currently, more than 35,000 individuals have insurance through CCSB, representing a growth of approximately 7,600 individuals for a 27 percent gain in membership over this time last year. CCSB also announced that next month it will launch enhanced web-based enrollment and renewal capabilities for customers, certified insurance agents and general agents.