Covered California stumbles into new year

By Joseph Perkins | Cal Watchdog

Manuel Arriola, co-owner of an Oxnard insurance broker, spent three hours and 15 minutes on the phone this past Monday with customer service representatives for Covered California.

He needed to find out whether or not insurance applications he forwarded to the state’s Obamacare health exchange by the Dec. 23 deadline had been successfully processed, and that the insurance policies his clients signed up for through Covered California actually would take effect on Jan. 1, as promised.

“Things are going to be chaotic,” Arriola told the Ventura County Star.

Indeed, there is no telling how many of the 400,000 enrollees Covered California claims will show up at hospitals or doctors offices in the new year thinking they have health insurance only to find out that they are uncovered.

at Cal Watchdog.

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