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Time to switch? Consumers with low-cost Covered California plans can expect to pay full cost for ER visits, hospitalization
Modesto Bee

People who pay as little as $1 a month for the lowest-cost health plans through Covered California should be aware of a benefit change for 2016, health advocates said.

Starting Jan. 1, bronze plans won’t cover emergency room visits or hospitalization until the customer reaches the out-of-pocket maximum, which will grow to $6,000 for individuals and $12,000 for families. Patients seeking hospital treatment for a broken arm or inflamed appendix will be responsible for full costs unless they have hit the maximum.