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SCOTUS rules for Trump on ballot issue; CA high school students earn Google Career Certificates in high-demand fields; NY faith leaders help people address ecological grief; and a group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women.

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The SCOTUS rules no state can remove a federal candidate from an election ballot saying that power rests with Congress, Super Tuesday primaries are today in sixteen states and a Colorado Court rules in the killing of Elijah McClain in police custody.

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Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

Open enrollment in CoveredCA health insurance marketplace begins today

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Wednesday, November 1, 2023   

If you do not have health insurance or if your employer-sponsored plan is too expensive, you may be in luck.

Open enrollment starts today for the state marketplace known as CoveredCA, the state health insurance marketplace. An estimated 1.3 million Californians are eligible for free Medi-Cal or a low-cost plan.

Jessica Altman, executive director of CoveredCA, the state health insurance marketplace, said subsidies make the plan affordable

"Ninety percent of the enrollees on CoveredCA receive financial assistance, two-thirds of whom have access to comprehensive health insurance coverage, for a cost of $10 or less per month."

This year premiums are going up by 9%, but many people will not feel the increase thanks to federal subsidies from the Inflation Reduction Act, and the new California Enhanced Cost Sharing program, which lowers expenses for anyone making up to 250% of the Federal Poverty Level, which works out to income of about $35,000 a year for an individual, or about $70,000 for a family of four.

Altman noted help is available to navigate the process.

"In addition to being able to visit us at CoveredCA.com, to call us on the phone, we do also have over 14,000 enrollment assisters in communities across the state, who speak numerous languages and are here to help," Altman emphasized. "Always free, always confidential for any Californian."

This year, income-eligible DACA recipients will be able to sign up for a plan on CoveredCA, thanks to a policy change by the Biden administration. The open enrollment period lasts through the end of January, but you must sign up by New Year's Eve in order for coverage to start on Jan. 1.


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