Amid political stalemate in the nation’s capital over funding of the Affordable Care Act, the state’s online health exchange established under the law, called Covered California, went live Oct. 1 after months of anticipation and preparation.
For Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano counties, region 2 out of 19 in the health exchange, the following health plans will participate on the individual side, hoping to serve some 44,000 exchange-eligible residents: Western Health Advantage, Blue Shield of California, Anthem Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente and Health Net of California.
The Small Business Health Options Program, or SHOP, offers plans for employers with 50 or fewer workers. The launch of the federal version in late November was delayed for a year, but Covered California on Dec. 2 announced its SHOP was open online.
In the SHOP program, the same carriers except Anthem will offer health plans. Lake and Mendocino counties are part of region 1, with the same participating health plans on the SHOP side.
On the individual side for Lake and Mendocino, Anthem, Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente will offer a range of plans to some 97,000 residents in that region will be eligible for subsidies.
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