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|Nov. 21, 2013|
COVERED CALIFORNIA UPHOLDS ORIGINAL DEADLINE FOR ENDING HEALTH PLANS THAT DON’T MEET LAW’S STANDARDS
Strong Enrollment in New Health
Insurance Marketplace a Factor in Decision
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — As consumer enrollment continues to grow, the Covered California™ Board unanimously voted today to uphold its Dec. 31, 2013, deadline for health insurance companies to discontinue plans that don’t meet basic standards. The board cited that extending the deadline offers no benefit to the consumer and may create confusion about accessing affordable health care coverage through Covered California.
The board, consistent with President Barack Obama’s recommendations, also urged Covered California staff to implement helpful tools for consumers currently enrolled in affected plans, to better understand their options.
The decision to maintain the original deadline also confirms the state exchange’s commitment to transitioning Californians into plans that are compliant with the reforms of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, protecting consumers from double deductibles and stabilizing the risk pool to control costs for consumers beginning in 2014.
Additionally, Covered California is implementing five key strategies to sustain, if not increase, its enrollment momentum and help affected consumers:
- · Extending the deadline for enrollment for coverage taking effect on Jan. 1, 2014, from Dec. 15, 2013, to Dec. 23, 2013, and extending the deadline for payments due from Dec. 26, 2013, to Jan. 5, 2014.
- · Establishing a telephone hotline for consumers to resolve enrollment questions. The hotline, (855) 857-0445, will be available beginning Monday, Nov. 25.
- · Sending information directly to nearly 1.13 million affected individuals that provides clear options for coverage. The information will be sent from Covered California and the individual’s current insurance provider.
- · Collecting and reporting data, on a regular basis, showing the impacts of conversion for individuals.
- · Engaging consumers in their communities through the thousands of Certified Insurance Agents, Certified Enrollment Counselors and Certified Educators now deployed statewide.
“The consumer is front and foremost in Covered California’s policy decision process. These new strategies will provide consumers a better enrollment experience, more flexibility in the selection of a plan and, most importantly, increased knowledge with which to make the best health coverage choice possible,” said Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee.
The board and Covered California staff discussed options for maintaining or extending the deadline after President Obama last week gave state insurance exchanges flexibility on when policies that were not grandfathered and are not compliant with the Affordable Care Act could be ended.
About Covered California
Covered California is the state’s marketplace for the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Covered California, in partnership with the California Department of Health Care Services, was charged with creating a new health insurance marketplace in which individuals and small businesses can get access to affordable health insurance plans. With coverage starting in 2014, Covered California helps individuals determine whether they are eligible for premium assistance that is available on a sliding-scale basis to reduce insurance costs or whether they are eligible for low-cost or no-cost Medi-Cal. Consumers can then compare health insurance plans and choose the plan that works best for their health needs and budget. Small businesses can purchase competitively priced health insurance plans and offer their employees the ability to choose from an array of plans and may qualify for federal tax credits.
Covered California is an independent part of the state government whose job is to make the new market work for California’s consumers. It is overseen by a five-member board appointed by the Governor and the Legislature. For more information on Covered California, please visit www.CoveredCA.com.
November 13, 2013
Dear Classified Employees:
CSEA has learned that there is some confusion about the non-student day at Elementary Schools on Monday November 18th. Some Special Ed Aides and Instructional Aides have been told that they do not work that day but have to submit a Time Exemption Card for a personal or vacation day.
This is not correct.
November 18th is a regular work day for all classified employees. You are entitled to work your regular shift times. Trainings can be offered at different shift times which you can flex your hours to attend if you choose.
Contract Section 17.10- “Teacher/parent conference day, in-service days, or other such specifically designated service day that occur within the regular work year of unit members are considered regular workdays for those unit members.”
If you submitted a time exemption card and would like to work that day please talk to your supervisor. If you have any problems please contact:
2nd Vice President
CSEA Labor Rep.
Please remember that TUESDAY, November 12 , 2013 ( see Celebrate Veterans Day ) will be our next meeting. The location will be at the ESC in the conference room. Our meeting will begin at 5:15 pm. We will have lots to discuss, and plenty of people to take questions.
Site Reps can start meeting at 4:45 for Q&A, or just for advice and support.
The ESC is located at 4999 Casa Loma Avenue in the city of Yorba Linda.
We Not Only Helped To Sponsor Today’s Event…
We Have A Booth!!
Veterans Day Observed Nov. 11, 2013
Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor those who have served in the U.S. Military—a time to express gratitude to those who have made great sacrifices to preserve our freedom.
Classified school employees are more than acquainted with the value and importance of service, and CSEA is proud to honor those who have served and continue to serve every American.
Veterans Day Community Tribute Celebration
Orange County unions led by the Orange County Employees Association (OCEA), along with veterans and community leaders, are organizing a Veterans Day special event to pay tribute to Veterans and their families.
Orange County Special Event
November 11th, 2013 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Carina Franck-Pantone • 714 675-3653 • email
Are you a veteran?
CSEA has a committee that honors our vets.
Be a part of the slide-show presentation. CSEA invites all members who are veterans or currently serving in the military reserves to contact us by sending your name, chapter number and member number to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The following is courtesy of:
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
VETERANS DAY AND MEMORIAL DAY?
Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.
While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.
To ensure the sacrifices of America ’s fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the president signed into law “The National Moment of Remembrance Act,” P.L. 106-579, creating the White House Commission on the National Moment of Remembrance. The commission’s charter is to “encourage the people of the United States to give something back to their country, which provides them so much freedom and opportunity” by encouraging and coordinating commemorations in the United States of Memorial Day and the National Moment of Remembrance.
The National Moment of Remembrance encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation.
KNOWING YOUR RIGHTS
CAN HELP YOU SUCCEED
Then join us for a fun-filled training while you learn what rights you have!
WHEN: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
WHERE: Santa Ana District Board Training Room
1601 East Chestnut Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92701
TIME: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Dinner Provided)
WANT TO KNOW YOUR RIGHTS IF A SUPERVISOR CALLS YOU INTO A MEETING OR IF YOU ARE RETALIATED AGAINST FOR A PROTECTED ACTIVITY, ETC…?
Please RSVP to FOAS, Julie Curran at 714/532-7122 or email@example.com
by Friday, November 8, 2013