California Health Benefit Exchange

California Health Benefit Exchange
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Mission: “The mission of the California Health Benefit Exchange is to increase the number of insured Californians, improve health care quality, lower costs, and reduce health disparities through an innovative, competitive marketplace that empowers consumers to choose the health plan and providers that give them the best value.” California was the first state to create […]Continue reading «California Health Benefit Exchange»

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Mission: “The mission of the California Health Benefit Exchange is to increase the number of insured Californians, improve health care quality, lower costs, and reduce health disparities through an innovative, competitive marketplace that empowers consumers to choose the health plan and providers that give them the best value.”

California was the first state to create a health exchange under health care reform. The California Health Benefit Exchange will address the needs of all Californians in finding affordable healthcare while recognizing diversity, language differences and educational levels. The website will provide a comparison of health care plans, a calculator to estimate costs, and a toll free consumer assistance hotline.

Tax credits and subsidies will be available to individuals with income between 133 and 400 percent of the poverty level. Employers with 50 workers or less can also buy coverage. The Exchange must offer plans at the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum levels.

The Exchange has a board consisting of five members appointed by the Governor and the Legislature and is an independent public entity within the state government. The Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency will serve as an ex-officio voting member of the Board. The federal government gave California $1 million to start the Exchange. In August 2011, the state received a $39 million Level 1 Exchange Establishment grant to fund operations. As with other exchanges, it is a requirement that the program must be self-supported after 2014.

In 2012, the Board has been working on Essential Health Benefits requirements, consulting companies about technical matters, designing outreach and education plans, and creating a plan for Qualified Health Plan management and delivery system. The Exchange will not affect medi-Cal and the Healthy Families Program. The Exchange may enroll people in those programs if found eligible.

Information from: http://www.healthexchange.ca.gov/Pages/Default.aspx 

 

Address

2535 Capitol Oaks Drive Suite 120, Sacramento, CA 95833

Phone

916-205-8403

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