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Some Small Health Plans Surviving Covered California

SteamRollChinese Community Health Plan’s early, obvious success during the first few months of the Affordable Care Act is testament to Covered California’s potential to drive improvements in access and coverage, especially by introducing new market competitors. But for other small health plans — who were hoping the insurance exchange would be a vehicle to pick up new members — it hasn’t been a smooth ride. One small health plan dropped out. Another was kicked out. And a third is openly hunting for business. That’s in sharp contrast to the experience of the four largest plans on the exchange — Anthem, Blue Cross, Health Net, and Kaiser — which are hoovering up new members, based on the most recent data available according to a report at www.californiahealthline.org