Question: I’m disappointed by the providers in the exchange plans’ networks. My question is will there be any companies selling private Individual/Family plans on the open market outside of Covered California for 2014, particularly PPO plans?
Answer: Anthem, Blue Shield, Health Net and Kaiser will all offer off-exchange PPO plans that exactly mirror their Covered California exchange plans so same networks as well. So far, only Anthem has announced that they will have some alternative off-exchange plans. Those plans may offer broader PPO networks, but we haven’t seen them yet. Covered California just announced that it will have an easy-to-use composite (all carrier) provider directory available on Monday, October 7, 2013.