Yes, Kaiser California Individual members pay twice in December 2014, in order to help Kaiser Permanente catch up with industry standards.
As explained in a Kaiser Permanente November news briefing to its marketplace partners, Kaiser’s status as a prepaid health plan requires monthly payments before the last day of each month. Apparently, throughout 2014 Kaiser has not been billing its members for prepayment, and now plans to catch up in time for January 2015. Read our related article about avoiding Open Enrollment mistakes this year.
What Kaiser California Individual & Family members need to know:
- You will receive two separate bills in December- one for the December 2014 premium and a second bill for the January 2015 premium
- Both bills must be paid by December 31st.
The news briefing goes on to say certain members may have extra time to pay, based on their Evidence of Coverage or Membership Agreement. To get free assistance from a California Kaiser agent, send a request to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1 (408) 641-8950.
Remember, Open Enrollment begins November 15th: Changes are coming and websites are frustrating. Read our related article about CoveredCA’s problems. If you did not use a Certified Agent last year, now is a good time to find one…they are a free service of Covered California and are here to help.