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Cost Of Covered California In 2018 Will Depend On Insurance Plan

Video by Katie Schoolov

San Diegans who have a Covered California health plan will see the cost of their premium go up next year. They'll find out exactly how much in October.

The price of a Covered California health plan in San Diego is going up an average of 11.5 percent next year. That's just below the statewide average increase of 12.5 percent.

Nearly one in four San Diegans who have a Covered California plan has Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser's rates are going up between six and ten percent in 2018.

Molina Healthcare has the second-highest enrollment in the region. Molina's premiums will rise between 18 and 31 percent.

Jan Spencely, executive director of the nonprofit San Diegans for Healthcare Coverage, said almost nine out of ten San Diegans enrolled in Covered California get financial assistance.

“People want to have health coverage," she said. "The issue for them has always been whether they could afford it. And when you make it so that they can afford it, most people prefer to have coverage.”

The cost of a Covered California health plan in Imperial county will rise an average of 16-and-a-half percent next year. But people won't know exactly how much their premium will rise until notices are mailed out in October. 122,500 San Diegans are enrolled in a Covered California plan.

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