SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The agency that runs the state-based Covered California health insurance exchange is scrambling to correct a notice printing problem.
The problem left blank spaces in eligibility notices mailed to nearly 114,000 households, leading to consumer confusion just days ahead of the plan selection deadline.
A Covered California spokeswoman said Wednesday that the botched notices were mailed between Nov. 22 and Dec. 7.
In some cases, the notices said the applicant was eligible for coverage but not eligible for something else that was unspecified, with only a blank space at the end of the sentence. The forms also omitted other key details, including tax credit amounts and whether the person was eligible for Medicaid, the state and federal health insurance program for lower-income people.
Corrected notices will be mailed to the 113,847 affected households when the problem is fixed, but agency spokeswoman Anne Gonzales said she did not know when that might be.
In the meantime, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange is urging applicants to go to its website to view their enrollment status, or contact the licensed insurance agent or assister who helped them sign up for coverage.
This is the second time in less than two weeks that Covered California has had to address a potential problem with enrollment.