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Update on UnitedHealthcare in California

Jun 07, 2016

Covered California
May 31, 2016

UnitedHealthcare has decided to not participate in the individual marketplace in California in 2017. Covered California consumers that are currently enrolled in a UnitedHealthcare plan will continue to be covered by their current plan through December 31, 2016. Any consumer currently enrolled with UnitedHealthcare will have an opportunity to select a new health plan during renewal and open enrollment this fall.
Covered California and UnitedHealthcare will send notifications to Agents and consumers this week making them aware of the change for 2017. Consumers have no reason to change to a different health plan now and can continue to utilize services to be applied to their annual deductible or maximum out of pocket limits throughout the remainder of the year. 
Currently, Covered California consumers who have selected UnitedHealthcare for coverage in 2016 comprise less than one-tenth of a percent of all Covered California consumers. UnitedHealthcare currently serves limited areas of the state, primarily in Northern California. See table below. In the selected regions where UnitedHealthcare was added in 2016, consumers were provided at least 3 health plan options. Consumers in these regions will continue to have at least two plan options barring any changes or any new plans joining Covered California which will be announced in July. 

Region Number

County in Region

Region 1

Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Nevada, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yuba

Region 9

Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz

Region 11

Fresno, Kings, Madera

Region 12

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Ventura

Region 13

Mono, Inyo, Imperial

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