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Covered California/Affordable Care Programs

Covered California is the name of the state-run health insurance marketplace under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). It is an exchange that allows individuals and small businesses to purchase high-quality health insurance plans at affordable, federally subsidized rates.

In 2017, PIH Health accepted two health plans from the exchange:

  • Anthem Blue Cross of California
  • Blue Shield of California

However, Anthem Blue Cross of California announced that it will no longer participate in the California health insurance exchange effective January 1, 2018.

In order for you to continue receiving care through Covered California and with PIH Health, you will need to change your health insurance during the upcoming open enrollment period, November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018. Blue Shield of California is a comparable health plan available through Covered California, which provides access to the PIH Health network, and may also offer a lower monthly premium than your current Anthem Blue Cross policy.

If your circumstances have changed and you no longer wish to purchase your health insurance from Covered California, you may visit our Health Plans & Insurance page to see a complete list of health plans accepted by PIH Health.

PIH Health understands that choosing a health insurance can be confusing. To assist you in making the right decision for you and your family, we work with several independent insurance brokers so you can learn more about your options. Whether you continue to purchase your insurance through the exchange or not, a broker can discuss your options and help you enroll in a new plan in a timely manner.

Although this year’s open enrollment period for Covered California runs from November 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, PIH Health is advising you to enroll in a new plan by December 15, 2017, so that your new plan will begin on January 1, 2018 and there will be no gap in coverage.

Should you have any questions, please contact PIH Health Patient Services at 888.365.4450 during regular business hours.

Navigating the Healthcare Maze

PIH Health offers resources to help with navigating the healthcare system. Our free Navigating the Healthcare Maze class and online video series covers topics such as considerations for selecting health insurance coverage and understanding medical bills. Learn more at

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