Health Net Reminds COBRA Beneficiaries: There's Still Time to Sign Up for a Covered California Policy
California marketplace created "special-enrollment period" through
July 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Net, Inc. reminds those with health insurance benefits through COBRA
(the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) that they have
through July 15, 2014, to enroll in a Covered California policy.
Covered California, the state's new health insurance marketplace, created
a special-enrollment period (SEP) to give COBRA enrollees extra time
to enroll for a marketplace policy.
"People now covered by COBRA may find comparable coverage at a lower
price on Covered California," said Jennifer A. Moore, Health Net vice
president of Individual Market and Health Care Exchanges.
Moore added that, as a participating Covered California health plan in
most California counties, Health Net offers affordable marketplace
policies that provide access to quality care. And she said Health Net
encourages insurance shoppers to use the services of a health insurance
broker, if they have one. Or they may call Health Net for assistance at
1-877-618-3870 (TTY: 1-800-995-0852) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
During the special-enrollment period, current COBRA enrollees may:
Go to the Covered
California website, select "apply now" and follow instructions;
Choose a health plan and policy offered through Covered California; and
Get premium assistance and/or cost-sharing reductions, if they qualify.
Moore said that, prior to making the switch from a COBRA policy to a
marketplace policy, COBRA beneficiaries should be sure their desired
doctors are in the marketplace network.
Covered California has more information about its COBRA
special-enrollment period at its frequently-asked-questions
Besides California, several other state marketplaces also are providing
special-enrollment periods for COBRA enrollees. In Arizona, where the
marketplace special-enrollment deadline is July 1, 2014, COBRA enrollees
with questions should call the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596
(TTY: 1-855-889-4325) and explain they're calling about COBRA benefits
and the marketplace. Or they may contact Health Net for information at
1-877-652-9923 (TTY: 1-800-977-6757) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
About Health Net
Net, Inc. (NYSE:HNT) is a publicly traded managed care organization
that delivers managed health care services through health plans and
government-sponsored managed care plans. Its mission is to help people
be healthy, secure and comfortable. Health Net provides and administers
health benefits to approximately 5.5 million individuals across the
country through group, individual, Medicare (including the Medicare
prescription drug benefit commonly referred to as "Part D"), Medicaid,
U.S. Department of Defense, including TRICARE, and Veterans Affairs
programs. Health Net also offers behavioral health, substance abuse and
employee assistance programs, managed health care products related to
prescription drugs, managed health care product coordination for
multi-region employers, and administrative services for medical groups
and self-funded benefits programs.
For more information on Health Net, Inc., please visit Health Net's
website at www.healthnet.com.
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Source: Health Net, Inc.