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Covered California Clears the Vast Majority of New Insureds Whose Legal Presence in California Required Proof

In September, Covered California sent multiple notices out to approximately 98,800 families representing about 148,000 individuals who had signed up for health insurance through the California health insurance exchange. Those individuals (representing only a small percentage of those person who signed up for health insurance through Covered California in its first year of operation) were asked to contact Covered California and submit documentation regarding their US citizenship or immigration status. Today (October 12, 2014) Covered California announced that it had received appropriate documentation from the vast majority of those persons. Specifically, Covered California was able to verify the status of approximately 82,000 families representing 130,105 individuals, while it continues to review submissions from 6,670 families representing 7,629 individuals. Covered California will - as required by law - initiate termination against 9,645 families representing 10,474 individuals. Termination notices will be received by these individuals from their insurers. But Covered California stressed that even in these cases, insurance could be reinstated if the proper documentation is received.

I personally consider the clearance rate for this program - 88 percent cleared and another 5 percent pending - to be a significant achievement, especially considering the tight time frame within which Covered California operated. Covered California's Executive Director, Peter Lee, praised the many individuals, including agents and certified enrollment counsellors, who aided in this undertaking. I was pleased to assist a number of my clients who asked for help in responding to the Covered California notices.

Perhaps this is also a good time to reflect on the first year of Covered California's operations, which began taking health insurance applications on October 1, 2014. During that twelve month period it is estimated that 3.4 million Californians who had not had health insurance got coverage. (Not all newly covered persons obtained health insurance through Covered California. Some enrolled with MediCal and some obtained coverage in the private marketplace). During this brief, sometimes tumultuous, but highly productive year, the uninsured rate in California dropped from 22 percent to 11 percent. Here too, I was pleased to have participated in the early stages of this program to bring affordable and equitable health insurance to fellow Californians.

Good Health, California!

For all of your insurance needs -- health, property (home, auto, boat), casualty, liability and business related, contact Alex Pfeifer of Pfeifer Insurance Brokers, at 650 762-8070 or alex@pfeiferins.com.
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