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What Companies Will Be In Covered California?

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Question: The largest insurance carriers, like UHC, Aetna, Humana, are saying that they will only be participating in a few state exchanges, just to see “how things go”. Does California know which companies will definitely be selling plans on our state’s exchange-marketplace?

Answer: No definite answer yet, but the largest California carriers will most probably be in Covered California, including Kaiser, Anthem, and Blue Shield. I’ve heard that United Healthcare will not participate in the California exchange, but that’s hearsay.


United Healthcare is ending all health insurance coverage in California at the end of 2013. I am currently a united healthcare customer, and received notice to this fact. Exchanges open in Octoboer 2013, so I will have 3 months to sign up for one of the exchange carriers.

hhmm this is interesting… I would think that definitely the Blue’s are in because they partnered up with H&R block to be their insurance carrier affiliate so to speak…I hope Cigna participates in Covered CA, as for Aetna I recently found out that they have partnered up with Costco to be their insurance carrier of choice for their clients..I can understand going to a Tax company but Costco? I mean this is getting out of control…what’s next health insurance at grocery stores?

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