Anthem Blue Cross of California
Anthem Blue Cross is one of the largest managed health care companies in California. It is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association based in Thousand Oaks, California. Anthem and its affiliates serve over 8 million Californians and have offered Covered California plans since 2014.
Anthem is pleased to announce that we are expanding our participation in an additional six regions for 2020. In addition to currently offering plans in regions 1 (Northern California counties), 7 (Santa Clara County), and 10 (San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Mariposa and Tulare counties), Anthem will also offer plans in regions 9 (Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey counties), 11 (Fresno, King and Madera counties,) 12 (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties), 15 (Los Angeles County East), 16 (Los Angeles County West), and 17 (Inland Empire).
Anthem is working with doctors and hospitals that share responsibility for increasing access to appointments, improving the member experience, and providing a more coordinated treatment plan to patients.
We also want to help our members spend more time focused on their health and less time managing the ins and outs of health care. That’s why Anthem is driving meaningful change through technology to deliver an easier to use, more complete web and mobile health care experience.
Anthem’s new pharmacy benefits manager, IngenioRx, not only manages Anthem drug plans, it also offers better support to our members. This means members will have around-the-clock access to teams of specialists, online tools that can be used at home or on the go, and the ease of managing health and drug plans in one place.
Mobile and Online options Meet Sydney, Anthem’s new mobile app designed to provide members a more personal, simplified experience. Along with quick access to their Digital ID card, Find a Doctor, and a Personal Goal Setting tool, members can also use the new ChatBot to help guide them on the app, and try the new Care Team set up feature, too. And at anthem.com/ca, members can find all the same features built with easy access and personalization in mind as the mobile app and much more.
24/7 Access with Telehealth Anthem’s LiveHealth Online telehealth program gives members access to real-time, face-to-face visits with a choice of doctors across a range of specialties via computer, tablet or mobile phone 24 hours a day. Available in both English and Spanish, doctors can answer questions, diagnose common problems, and even prescribe some medications.
Health plans are classified under four categories to make comparing them easier. The categories are divided according to the percentage of health care costs they pay, and they include the following:
The breakup of families is very common in the United States with 40 to 50% of marriages ending in divorce. Of course, this has serious economic impacts on the individuals involved. One such area is health insurance, the coverage of which can be significantly altered by a divorce. With so many other important factors involve, this may be the last one you consider, but when you do, you'll realize that it is one of the most significant. Here are three things you should know about how divorce affects your family's health insurance.
Your Coverage May Go Through Drastic Changes
If you divorce and your health insurance was provided by your spouse's employer, changes in the coverage will probably ensue. In this scenario, it is entirely possible that you will lose your health insurance when you also lose your status as a qualified dependent. Once that happens, you must find your own or pay for COBRA Insurance, which can cover you and the rest of your family for up to 36 months, though often at increased premiums. Investigate your health insurance options. Potential alternatives include checking what your own employer offers or signing up for the Affordable Care Act.
Your Kids Should Still Be Covered
One of the most important things in a divorce that involves children is to work out which spouse will pay to ensure that those children have health insurance. This decision will be based on various of factors, including which spouse can purchase the most comprehensive coverage and what the cost of the coverage may be.
It's also important to keep in mind that the spouse who covers health insurance may have child support payments altered in compensation. According to Laurence J Brock, child support payments are calculated based on several factors, including health insurance costs. As such, payment of health insurance often lowers child support payments.
Your Coverage Might Not Change
There are numerous scenarios under which your health insurance may not change. The first is the most obvious, the one in which you are the person who obtained the coverage in the first place. Indeed, in this scenario, your costs may actually drop when you remove your spouse. Some states, however, allow a person to keep an ex-spouse on a health insurance plan. In certain cases, it might even be required.
Divorce leads to myriad changes in life, and one of the most important could be health insurance coverage. Before a divorce, you should make sure that you know your options and how the legal severance may impact your life. Talk with professionals and make sure your decisions are informed.
If you are worried about your coverage, let us give you some peace of mind!