Beginning this year, Californians who don’t have health insurance
will be required to pay a penalty. To help consumers understand
the penalty they may owe if they forgo qualifying health
coverage, the Franchise Tax Board has launched an
individual mandate penalty estimator, as well as a
penalty fact sheet that can be shared with consumers.
Covered California this week
released new data at the halfway point of its current
open-enrollment period. As of Dec. 16, about 230,000 consumers
had selected a plan, representing an increase of approximately
16% over the same time last year. In addition, more than 1
million people have renewed their plans for the upcoming year.
On Oct. 15, Covered California
launched open enrollment for the 2020 coverage year, with
restoration of the individual mandate and the new state subsidy
program for middle-income Californians who previously did not
qualify for financial help because their income exceeded federal
Covered California is seeking stakeholder feedback on its efforts
to promote accountability and support delivery system
improvements. In a recently released request
for information, Covered California solicits questions and
suggestions in four key areas.
submitted comments on Covered California’s draft Options
to Improve Affordability in California’s Health Insurance
Market. In the letter, CHA reiterates its readiness to
partner with Covered California and the Legislature to build upon
the Affordable Care Act by implementing premium and cost-sharing
subsidies, an individual mandate and penalty, and reinsurance.