Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Short Term Health Plans
Does Blue Cross or Blue Shield Offer Short-Term Health Insurance in California?
No. Short term plans are not offered through the Anthem Blue Cross or Blue Shield, but you can get month-to-month coverage and cancel at any time. As of September 1, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law banning the sale of short-term health insurance. Then, short-term plans were less pricey than plans sold through state health insurance, but they lacked a number of benefits including coverage for maternity care, mental health services or pre-existing conditions. Aliera offers short term health plans and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield offers monthly plans that you can cancel any time. Whether you are in between jobs or just turned 26 don’t worry there is still a plan for you.
I missed the Health Insurance Enrollment Date, Can I Still Get Health Coverage From Blue Shield?
Open enrollment ended January 15, but you may still qualify for Special Enrollment health coverage if you have experienced one of the life events below.
- End of military service
- death of the person through whom you received health coverage as a dependent
- moved into or out of service area
- employer coverage changed
- turned 26 years old
- lost health coverage due to job loss or expiration of COBRA coverage
- loss of medical or Medicaid
- new child
- medical child support orders issued by state or federal court
- other exceptional circumstances
If you are not eligible for Special Enrollment, the next open enrollment period begins October 15th.
Anthem Blue Cross offers Health, Dental, &l; Vision
With Anthem Blue Cross you can pay your monthly fee directly from your phone. Anthem Blue Cross also provides a “Live Health Online” where members can connect with doctors through their smartphone, tablet, or computer. Web chats are available with physicians online in English 24/7. Anthem Blue Cross offers a wide variety of plans for all different needs and incomes. Anthem can also help you:
- Select the right doctor
- Estimate the cost of procedures
- REview billing information
- Submit Claims
- Access Customer Support
BCBS is committed to bringing quality health care to all Californians.
You get access to a high-quality network of doctors and hospitals and the freedom to choose from a variety of care options. Blue Shield of California plans feature:
- NurseHelp 24/7 – ask a registered nurse your questions anytime
- Plans for Different Budgets
- Wellness and vision discount programs
- Wide range of doctors and hospitals
- Anytime, anywhere access – Teladoc
What Is the difference Between Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield?
In most states, the two are the same company. In California, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California are different companies. They compete on many levels but the deciding factor is usually network. Anthem Blue Cross is a for-profit company in California, while Blue Shield is a non-profit. Blue Shield of California is an independent member of the Blue Shield associations. Anthem Blue Cross is the largest health insurance carrier in California.
Learn more about short-term health plans at Health For California.