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Covered California for Small Business –
New Blue Shield Plans

Starting July 1, Covered California for Small Business (CCSB) is offering new Blue Shield plans, providing more options for enrollees. These plans include the Access+ HMO Network with Platinum, Gold, and Silver metal tier options, as well as the Bronze Trio HMO 7000/70. The two most popular Blue Shield High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP), Silver Full PPO Savings 2300/25% and Bronze Full PPO Savings 7000 plans, are also now available.

All of these plans offer benefits such as Wellvolution, Teladoc Mental Health, Nurse Help 24/7, LifeReferrals 24/7, and the Blue Card program for when members are outside of California.

For assistance, please contact our Quotes team at or 800.696.4543.

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ACA “Family Glitch” Updated Rules Announced by IRS

ACA “Family Glitch” Updated Rules Announced by IRS

Oct 17, 2022, 2 Minute Read

On October 11, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced updated rules designed to fix the Affordable Care Act (ACA) “Family Glitch.” The change impacts family health coverage options for hundreds of thousands of lower-income Californians currently enrolled in group family coverage. The updated rules come into effect for 2023 coverage. As you conduct open enrollment meetings with your clients, you will likely get questions from employees, so you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the updated rules.

The updated rules change how premium tax credit (subsidy) eligibility is calculated for families on the ACA individual marketplaces (Covered California for California residents). Currently, if a family member has employer coverage, subsidy eligibility for the other family members is calculated based on the affordability of the employee coverage, not the affordability of the family coverage. This is often a big difference, because employer premium contribution is often less for family coverage compared to employee coverage. The updated rules change that calculation. Now, for 2023 coverage onwards, if a family member has employer coverage, the Covered California subsidy eligibility calculation for the other family members is based on the affordability of the family coverage. It is expected that many family members currently enrolled in family coverage in group plans will now be eligible for Covered California individual coverage subsidies, which creates an additional factor in their decision on whether to enroll in the group plan.

The updated rules do not affect employer liability under the ACA large employer mandate.

Employers with non-calendar year plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), and Section 125 cafeteria plans, will want to review how the updated rules impact family member ability to disenroll mid-plan year.

For more information, check out the resources below.


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