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We make choosing a California health insurance plan as easy as possible.  The most important thing to consider is the Coverage and Premium.  You should also look at the PPO network the insurance company uses.  Having access to a PPO network can mean substantial discounts in what you pay for your health care, even before you meet your deductible.  And if you have a pre-existing health condition, the Underwriting practices of the insurance company should be considered.  (If you'd like more detailed information on how to buy health insurance in California, please see our How To Guide.)

Because we offer over 300 California health insurance plans from many different insurance companies, you’re able to shop the competition to find the best rates for the coverage you need.  Our Instant Quote system gives quotes for all of the plans listed below:

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We also strive to help individuals and families in California reduce their medical expenses in many different ways.  See our Additional Benefits page for information on how to get prescription drugs and lab testing at wholesale costs, learn about a service that will renegotiate your hospital bill after your PPO discount, ways to reduce your taxes by paying for your health insurance through an HRA, and much more.

  • Aetna is known nationwide as a leader in the health insurance industry.
  • Blue Cross of California is one of the most widely known and trusted names in California and the health insurance industry. 
  • Blue Shield of California is California's third largest health plan, with 3.3 million members and $7.5 billion in annual revenue.  Founded in 1939 and headquartered in San Francisco, Blue Shield is a not-for-profit corporation with approximately 4,500 employees and more than 20 offices throughout California.
  • Nationwide is one of the largest insurance and financial services companies in the world, with more than $117 billion in statutory assets.  Nationwide consists of three core businesses: domestic property and casualty insurance, life insurance and retirement savings, and asset management.
  • Pacificare, a United Healthcare company, offers two high-deductible health plans that qualify to be used with a Health Savings Account, a 100% plan, and an 80/20 plan that can offer much lower rates.
  • Assurant / Time Insurance plans offer the nation's most popular HSA plans.  Time Insurance, formerly known as Fortis Health, is an Assurant Health member company.

California Insurance in the News

New Insurance Commissioner Jones promises to look out for consumers
Longtime Sacramento politician Dave Jones became California's seventh insurance commissioner Monday, promising an activist administration that will push for health insurance reform and look out for consumer interest – all while promoting a "robust" and competitive industry in the state.

California Health Insurance for Children: Initial Open Enrollment for "Child Only" Health Plans Starts Jan. 1 ...
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - January 4, 2011) - Today eHealthInsurance ( NASDAQ : EHTH ), the leading online source of health insurance for individuals and families, published answers to frequently asked questions from consumers who wish to enroll their children in individually purchased "child-only" health insurance policies in the state of California. The state's initial open-enrollment ...

New Calif. regulator vows to back federal reform
As one of his first acts in office, California's new insurance commissioner says he'll back the national health care reform law by proposing emergency legislation to ramp up enforcement.

California health insurers are ordered to spend at least 80% of revenue on medical claims
State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones issues emergency regulations to match provisions in the new national healthcare law. The regulations must still be approved by California's Office of Administrative Law. California's new insurance commissioner sought Monday to force health insurers to spend more of their revenue on medical care.

InsureMonkey Announces California's Open-Enrollment for Child-Only Health Insurance
California now requires all individual health insurance companies to offer guaranteed issue child-only policies and establishes open enrollment periods.

Hub International Acquires Sander A. Kessler & Associates
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Hub International has acquired California insurance broker Sander A. Kessler & Associates, specialist in the manufacturing, seafood, meat processing, security guards, recycling, and solar industries.

California’s child-insurance law starts Jan. 1
By Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle A state law that takes effect Saturday goes further than the federal health law when it comes to making sure children with pre-existing medical conditions can get health insurance coverage. A provision in the federal law, which took effect Sept. 23, bars insurers from denying coverage to children who have medical [...]

Water-line insurance could be money down the drain
One company offers policies covering the pipes that bring water to homes for $4.95 a month, but the exclusions are so broad that homeowners could be stuck with the bill for just about all repairs. Thousands of California homeowners recently received official-looking letters from a company called Home Emergency Insurance Solutions informing them that they face the prospect of thousands of dollars ...

Insurance deputies appointed
Insurance Commissioner-elect Dave Jones named key appointments to the California Department of Insur

Unnecessary hospitalizations drop in Calif
There has been a drop in unnecessary hospitalizations in California, but state officials say a lack of regular health care shows blacks are being hospitalized too often.