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Open Enrollment is Here!

L.A. Care Wants You to Shop with Confidence

Open Enrollment is Here - What You Need to Know About L.A. Care and Covered California

Open enrollment for Covered California starts November 1, 2017 and ends January 31, 2018, giving you time to shop for the health plan that will best fit your needs.

We want you to shop with confidence and know that you can get affordable coverage. Even though President Trump made changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most residents like you are still eligible for a consumer subsidy. We at L.A. Care want you to know that this consumer subsidy is keeping your 2018 premium costs affordable.

Health coverage is extremely important, both to promote your wellness and well-being, and in case of emergencies or a serious illness. During open enrollment, L.A. Care wants you to focus on finding the best health plan for you and your family, and not on the conflicts in Washington, DC.

We are here to walk you through this and help answer your questions. Call L.A. Care at 1-855-222-4239 to speak with a representative who can explain the process, provide you with a personalized premium quote, and help you choose a plan that works for your needs. 

We've also provided some answers below to common questions our members may have.

Why choose L.A. Care?

L.A. Care’s premiums are the most affordable in all of Los Angeles County for the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers.

  • We have the network: Members will have access to our large network of providers, which we continue to expand in the communities where our members live, work and play. Our network includes 42 hospitals, 2,000 physicians and 1,000 pharmacies, including CVS and Rite Aid stores.
     
  • Stay well with no-cost preventive care: Members will get no-cost preventive and wellness care, which means they may have no co-pays or co-insurance, and no need to meet a deductible (if there is one for their plan), before full coverage for preventive care services begin.

Lastly, because L.A. Care has more members in L.A. County than any other health plan – and we're focused only on the Los Angeles market – we have designed our services to best meet the needs of all Angelenos.

When is the Open Enrollment Period?

Open enrollment for the Covered California marketplace begins November 1, 2017 and runs through January 31, 2018.

Open enrollment is the one time of year when anyone who needs health insurance can enroll without needing to meet special qualifying conditions (e.g. divorce or other significant change in status). 

You might be hearing about different open enrollment dates. There is a federal open enrollment period used in other states. But here in California, we are running for three months — twice as long as the federal open-enrollment period.

Covered California does encourage all consumers to sign up early, by December 15 if possible, so that your health coverage can start on January 1. But it's most important you take this time to shop for the best coverage for you and your family.

What does the loss of the CSRs mean for L.A. Care Covered members?

In October 2017, President Trump ended the subsidy payments to health plans, which are called “Cost Sharing Reductions” or CSRs. Members should know that this does NOT affect their coverage or access to care for the balance of 2017.

  • Your current premiums and co-pays will NOT change because of this decision. 
  • Keep visiting your doctor, and filling your medications. 

We are committed to continuing to provide health coverage through L.A. Care Covered next year. The large majority of our members still qualify for a separate consumer subsidy that is unaffected by the President’s recent action, which keeps our members’ premium costs affordable. You should be receiving renewal information, and you can continue to check our website for more information.

What does the future hold?

L.A. Care is committed to the ACA and to L.A. Care Covered. Despite the uncertainties we are facing due to talks in Washington D.C., we are committed to continue participating in Covered California.

As a publicly-run health plan, offering health coverage through Covered California is part of our mission to elevate health care for all of Los Angeles County. We are dedicated to serving those who may transition out of our Medi-Cal plan and want to remain with L.A. Care through L.A. Care Covered. 

Cost Sharing Reductions - What Do They Mean for You?

On October 12, 2017, President Trump ended subsidy payments to health insurers that participate in Affordable Care Act (ACA) Exchanges, including Covered California. These subsidy payments, called Cost Sharing Reductions (CSRs), were paid directly to health insurers on a monthly basis. The purpose of the CSRs was to help insurers make health plans more affordable for consumers, allowing for reduced deductibles and co-pays.

While the loss of the CSRs means L.A. Care’s revenue will be reduced for the rest of 2017, we are not passing that cost along to consumers. Covered California also thought ahead and published 2018 rates that did not take into account revenue from the CSRs, knowing there was a possibility that the President would cut them.

Through all of this, L.A. Care is able to offer the most affordable premiums in Los Angeles County for the Silver, Gold and Platinum tiers. Our focus right now is to encourage Angelenos to shop with confidence for health coverage during this open enrollment period, which runs November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018.

L.A. Care encourages our current members and those looking for health insurance to ask questions and get quotes so you can see the affordable rates for yourself. Health coverage is extremely important, both to promote your wellness and well-being, and in case of emergencies or a serious illness. Despite what is happening in Washington, D.C., you can still find affordable coverage that will work for you.

Please don't hesitate to call L.A. Care at 1-855-222-4239 to talk about your options and ask us questions.