Contra Costa Health Plan announces it will not participate in Covered California Exchange in 2015
June 20, 2014
A headline in a newspaper story this morning incorrectly reported the number of people affected by Contra Costa Health Plan's decision not to seek recertification for Covered California's 2015 Plan Year. The change will affect about 1,100 of our 138,000 CCHP members – only those who enrolled through the Exchange. Other Contra Costa Health Plan members will not be impacted.
CCHP members can call the CCHP Marketing number at 800-211-8040 for more information between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Due to CMS regulatory requirements and the resulting cost implications and financial burdens, Contra Costa Health Plan has informed Covered California that it will not seek recertification for the 2015 Plan Year.
This difficult decision to withdraw had to be made because the new requirements pose administrative and financial burdens that could impact our ability to fulfill our mission to serve the most vulnerable people in Contra Costa County. This will affect about 1,100 of our 138,000 CCHP members. We are working with Covered CA and the California Department of Managed Health Care on plans to transition these CCHP members enrolled through the Exchange into other Health Plans in Contra Costa County by January 1.
We are disappointed that we will no longer be able to offer our plan on the Exchange. However, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) encouraged, we continue our focus on Medi-Cal enrollment and are encouraged by the success we have had in enrolling more than 31,100 people through Medi-Cal Expansion.
We are honored to have participated in Covered CA in this sentinel first year and to be able to continue to contribute to the health care reform efforts that have brought access to health care for so many more people in need. We remain open to future consideration of participating in a state Bridge which would be focused on additional low income populations. We have previously participated in discussions with the state about the possibility of creating a Bridge and we would support these efforts.