There will be four basic levels of coverage: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. As the coverage increases, so does the monthly premium payment, but the cost when a person receives medical care is usually lower. Californians can choose to pay a higher monthly cost so that when they need medical care, they pay less. Or they can choose to pay a lower monthly cost, which means that when they need medical care, they pay more. Each person has the choice and Covered California resources are available to help you decide.
All health insurance plans purchased through Covered California must cover certain services called essential health benefits. These include doctor visits, hospital stays, emergency care, maternity care, pediatric care, prescriptions, medical tests and mental health care. Health insurance plans also must cover preventative care services like mammograms and colonoscopies. Health insurance companies cannot charge copayments, coinsurance or deductibles for such services.
With just one application, you’ll also find out what you qualify for: free or low cost programs, or affordable private insurance programs.