Affordable Health Insurance Through Covered California (New Healthcare Law) Information Meeting Minutes (10/24/13)
Dear Neighbor & Area Stakeholder:
Please find the following summary minutes from last night’s meeting on the Affordable Health Insurance Law through Covered California.
The workshop was led by Dickerson Employee Benefits VP (Mr. Michael Wolff). Covered California is the State Exchange/marketplace set-up to offer the Federal Mandated affordable insurance to individuals, families & businesses. Because it is State run, California is not experiencing the enrollment problems facing the online Federal enrollment website. The open enrollment period is now and people should enroll without delay to enjoy affordable coverage, avoid delays, and potential minimum penalties.
It was made clear that the New Law does not impact people already enrolled in Medicare and/or Medical insurance or already insured. Applicants must be legal State residents not having affordable health insurance through a job. Said applicants can qualify for free or low-cost health plan, or for financial help that can lower the cost of premiums and co-pays. The amount of financial help is based on household size and family income. Applicants qualify if their income meets the income limits.
Covered California offers four groups of private health insurance plans: Platinum, gold, silver and bronze, each having difference levels of coverage from low-high. People meeting minimum poverty income may qualify for Medical (free coverage).
Michael communicated the commitment Dickerson Employee Benefits has to assisting the Elysian Valley community and made available Mr. Peter Ortega (individual specialist) to assist residents verify eligibility and apply. Application are on hand at the Dickerson facility and can be picked-up in person. Residents are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Ortega and schedule an appointment for a one-on-one free consultation. He can be reached at 323.662.7200 ex:225, firstname.lastname@example.org. While residents are free to apply via all available channels, I strongly recommend taking advantage of doing so via the Dickerson, whose business resides in our neighborhood (see attached). I too invite the business community herein copy to look to Dickerson for their employee benefit needs.
The EVNW thanks Michael Wolff and the entire Dickerson Group for making available this resource to the Elysian Valley community and for being a great neighbor.