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No Need For Haste In Signing Up For Covered California

— Some consumers have encountered long wait times and other glitches on Covered California, the state’s new online health insurance exchange. But officials say there’s no need for people to panic.

Aired 10/11/13 on KPBS News.

If you haven't already signed up for health insurance on Covered California, don't worry. Consumers have until Feb. 15 to enroll in a plan.

Officials at Covered California admit there were some problems with their website and call centers during the first week of October.

But since then, the exchange has been all systems go. In fact, the online marketplace has processed more than 16,000 applications for health insurance since Oct. 1.

Tracy Ream directs Neighborhood Healthcare, a network of 10 community clinics in San Diego and Riverside Counties.

She said people don’t have to sign up right away.

“Nobody has to get locked into their insurance tomorrow, they’re not going to be kept out of it because they wait a month," Ream explained. "You have several months to be able to do that.”

Federal officials say people have until Feb. 15 to enroll in a plan. If they miss the deadline, consumers will have to pay a penalty to the IRS.

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Avatar for user 'TrippSherrod'

TrippSherrod | October 14, 2013 at 12:29 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

It is in your absolute best interest to seek a Certified Covered California Agent to help you step by step through your application. There is a reason commissions are built into the premiums even if you do not speak with a Certified Covered California Agent, and that is because Covered California and Insurance Companies know the importance of having an expert make sure everything is done correctly. Know that there is a BIG difference between newly hired state "assistors and navigators" and a "Certified Covered California Agent". CCCA's do not work in state call centers and we are required to pass back ground checks and rigorous health insurance testing before becoming licensed agents.

Take advantage of something you are already paying for if you are purchasing a health insurance plan through Covered California. Call or email me today.

Jesse R. Sherrod III (Tripp)
Certified Covered California Agent
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CaliforniaDefender | October 14, 2013 at 1:47 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Commissions are built into the government mandated premiums? I didn't know this.

How much do you get paid for each person you enroll in Obamacare?

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rtstiehl | October 14, 2013 at 6 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Well Jesse,
how does one go about finding an exclusion to the ACA? I am actually to the point of renouncing my citizenship over this huge loss basic American freedom, I mean this is my body right?
Thank You!
Robert Stiehl

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Peking_Duck_SD | October 14, 2013 at 9:54 p.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

Robert, the fact that you have a body means you are part of the healthcare system, regardless.

If you "opt out" and then suddenly get a serious disease or get hit by a bus, then you are taken to a hospital where you don't pay and tax payers end up flipping the bill.

Your irresponsibility is actually infringing on other American's freedom by forcing yourself to be a liability without insurance.

Go ahead and renounce your citizenship, and have fun in the 3rd world, because every 1st world country on the planet offers all their citizens healthcare with their governments supplementing it (or in some cases outright nationalized).

Progressives would have passed a single payer system, basically Medicare expanded for all, which is my preference, but in an attempt to appease big business conservatives who think private sector insurance companies run healthcare better than the government the insurance companies were left in the mix in the afa!

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x76 | October 15, 2013 at 7:42 a.m. ― 3 years, 4 months ago

So, having finally paid attention to the ACA -- I find that it mainly compels me to purchase health insurance at about $700 a month, which is about the last quote I got. I've been paying out of pocket once our monthly premiums went from 200 to 220 to 240 to 260 to 280 over about six months years ago -- a large expense, given the economic conditions of the past five years. Health insurance went about the same time we gave up on cable television and a landline phone.

So, basically, the government is compelling me to buy private health insurance. I see this as a major gift to health care companies.

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