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Ready to Find the Best Value Despite Covered California Increases?

Guest Blogger 7/26/2016
Guest Blogger


Last week, Covered California announced 2017 premium rates for health plans that will be offered through the health insurance exchange. While increases averaged only about 4 percent during the past two years, the upcoming rate hikes will average 13.2 percent statewide, effective January 1, 2017. Some individual plans offered in specific geographic regions will carry increases up to 23 percent. Kaiser Health News, a national health policy news service that is part of the nonpartisan Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, recently published an article with questions and answers about the rate increases.

Open enrollment begins November 1, 2016 for the 2017 plan year. If you are renewing a Covered California plan or will be new to Obamacare in 2017, you can benefit from getting impartial, expert guidance in making your choices this year.

A Certified Covered California Insurance Agent can provide the help you need to evaluate your options, answer any questions you have about coverage, and help determine what premium subsidies might be available to help offset your health care costs. This is your first step in getting the best value in your health care coverage, because assistance from a Certified Agent won’t cost you anything! This service is free and does not increase the cost of your coverage.

blog_ins_agentSitting down with a licensed health insurance agent will save you time enrolling for a health plan, by guiding you through the entire process and making sure you have the information you need up front. You save money, because your agent will help you in selecting health insurance that fits your situation for the best price. Agents don’t work for the insurance company…they work for you.

KeenanDirect provides free assistance to individuals needing to purchase health insurance, and serves as a resource to employers who can refer their non-benefit-eligible employees and family members for questions about obtaining coverage on and off Covered California. We assist you with the entire enrollment process and throughout the year.

For more information about KeenanDirect, please visit 24/7, or call us at (855) 653-3626 (representatives are available from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday-Friday).



sam_blog_bioAbout Sam Cole
Sam Cole serves as Vice President of KeenanDirect. He has more than two decades of experience in the California insurance market. He is a Lifetime qualified member of the National Association of Health Underwriter’s (NAHU) Leading Producers Round Table.