October 2013

Oct. 5 Immigration Reform Rally (Photos and Video)

On October 5, 2013, ULTCW joined the National Day of Action by marching for immigration reform and a pathway to citizenship. While we marched in Los Angeles we added our voice to over 90 other marches and rallies in over 40 cities across the US, all calling on Congress to support Comprehensive Immigration Reform now!

The marches and rallies were headed by community organizations, faith-based leaders and labor unions that support the current Commonsense Comprehensive Immigration reform bill that keeps families together and offers a clear pathway to citizenship for immigrants that are in the United States.

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Affordable Care Act deadline 7 days away! #CoveredCA #Obamacare

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Sign up for affordable healthcare coverage for all of your loved ones and yourself today!

Monday, March 31, 2014, is the deadline for Californians to enroll for healthcare coverage scheduled to begin on May 1, 2014.  Except for those who qualify for an exemption, or already receive coverage, those who fail to buy health insurance will have to pay a small tax penalty.  (For more information, visit CoveredCA.com/FAQs).

Get covered right away, either through the expansion of  MediCal, or  through the healthcare insurance exchange created by the Affordable Care Act, (also known as Obamacare) Covered California, (CoveredCA.com) has thousands of multilingual enrollment specialists who are ready to help.

With less than one week left to sign up for private insurance under the federal health care law, California’s enrollment numbers are closing in on the magic number of 1 million as 8,000 people sign up every day.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, nearly 500,000 California residents had enrolled in health coverage through Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange created under the Affordable Care Act.  At that time, California residents accounted for 22% of the total 2.2 million enrolling in the various nationwide health insurance exchanges.

California experienced a surge in enrollment from late November 2013 to Dec. 28, 2013, with 389,498 individuals enrolling during that time.

The number of California residents who signed up for coverage already has surpassed Covered California officials’ minimum estimate of 487,000 Californians enrolled by March 31, the deadline when open enrollment ends.

85% of the Californians who have enrolled in coverage through Covered California received a federal subsidy, compared with 79% nationally.  61% of Californians enrolled in silver-level plans; 23% chose bronze-level plans.  53% of California residents who enrolled in health plans through Covered California were women, while 47% were men.  52% of Californians enrolled were between ages 45 and 64; 25% were between ages 18 and 34.  (For more information visit, californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/1/14/nearly-500k-california-residents–enrolled-in-covered-calif-plans).

Anthem, Blue Cross, Kaiser Permanente, and others extended their deadlines for those enrolling through Covered California to pay their first month’s premiums after consumers reported delays in receiving coverage confirmation or premium invoices.  At the beginning of the year, Covered California extended its deadline for consumers to pay their first month’s premium through the exchange by several weeks. When in December 2013, individuals signing up for health coverage through Covered California, overwhelmed the exchange’s website and call centers, the exchange’s 11 participating health insurers agreed to extend the payment deadline to make it easier for individuals to pay their first round of premiums.  This may or may not happen again.

(For more information visit, californiahealthline.org/articles/2014/1/15/anthem-kaiser-extend-premium-payment-deadlines-amid-delays).

Applications only partially completed by the deadline might reviewed by Covered California service representatives, including certified insurance agents and counselors.  Those who began but did not successfully complete applications might be contacted for help in getting them done.  All consumers are encouraged check the status of their applications by logging in to their accounts at CoveredCA.com, and clicking the “Summary” button to see if they have successfully completed the process.

Covered California has been labeled one of the best healthcare exchange marketplaces in the nation.  It signed up nearly 80,000 people in private health plans and 135,000 more in MediCal, the state’s Medicaid program by the first days of December 2013, for example, despite the fact that California had only 1,836 certified counselors as of Nov. 23.  As the deadline approached, nearly 7,500 agents completed state training.

Independent of the functionality of the website, Covered California has worked to make sure agents were available to help consumers complete the process over the phone, or using paper applications.

Coverage began to phase out on December 31, 2013, for more than 1 million Californians who had individual health insurance policies that didn’t meet all the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Many are already, or will end up paying less thanks to federal premium subsidies.  For anyone with questions, Covered California launched an information line (855) 857-0445 to support anyone with an insurance policy that does not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act.
The majority of Californians who do not have health insurance qualify for coverage through our State’s marketplace.  By visiting CoveredCA.com or calling their enrollment hotline (1-888-975-1142) those who are uninsured can compare health insurance plans, and, if eligible, sign up for the financial assistance that makes enrollment possible even for those with limited incomes—including low to no cost coverage under MediCal.

In addition to enrollment through the Covered California website and hotlines, ULTCW members may also contact the Member Action Center, 1-877-MY ULTW (1-877-698-5829) and request that a ULTCW healthcare specialist contact you, and provide any help you might need with the process.

Click the link below to explore your healthcare options.  If you do select coverage through Covered California, (www.CoveredCA.com) please be sure to select “SEIU ULTCW” as your referral agency from the pull down menu.

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