New Special Enrollment Period (SEP)
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New Special Enrollment Period (SEP)

The new Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for individuals making less than or equal to (≤) 150% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is expected to be implemented in late March 2022. ≤150% FPL SEP Details APTC-eligible consumers with a projected annual income ≤150% FPL will be able to enroll on a monthly basis:  Eligible consumers who are…

MORE TIME TO ENROLL

MORE TIME TO ENROLL

The Colorado Division of Insurance is offering a Disaster Relief Special Enrollment Period (SEP) for uninsured Coloradans who have been affected by either the Marshall Fire or the surge in Omicron COVID-19 infections. This SEP is in effect from January 16 – March 16, 2022 and is available for both on and off marketplace enrollments. Coloradans will…

COBRA users face end to temporary premium payment help
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COBRA users face end to temporary premium payment help

The end of a temporary federal health insurance premium subsidy program could push millions of people into the market for individual and family health coverage Oct. 1. The program, created by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), provided billions of dollars in aid to help displaced workers keep their usual employer-sponsored health benefits…

Downstream Impacts of Making American Rescue Plan Act Permanent
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Downstream Impacts of Making American Rescue Plan Act Permanent

Making the American Rescue Plan Act permanent could lower costs on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces and eradicate the Medicaid coverage gap, but it would also cost the federal government up to $333 billion in the policy’s first decade, according to a Commonwealth Fund report. The researchers used the Urban Institute’s Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model in order…

Washington State insurance commissioner slams Texas anti-abortion law
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Washington State insurance commissioner slams Texas anti-abortion law

Amid the controversy caused by Texas passing a new law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kriedler has issued a statement denouncing the legislation. In addition to prohibiting abortion after a set period of time, the new Texan law also allows private citizens to sue abortion providers…

Delta Air Lines’ health insurance surcharge: Is it legal, and five other questions you may be asking
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Delta Air Lines’ health insurance surcharge: Is it legal, and five other questions you may be asking

Delta Air Lines Inc. announced Wednesday that it would impose a $200 monthly surcharge on employees who aren’t inoculated against Covid-19, pioneering an alternative to the vaccine mandates issued by other corporations as they seek to limit the spread of the highly contagious delta variant while reopening. Here, Max Nisen — who covers health care…

Survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ approaches to health insurance
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Survey reveals impact of COVID-19 on Americans’ approaches to health insurance

COVID-19 has made Americans more anxious about dying, becoming disabled or needing long-term care, according to the results of a recent survey conducted on behalf of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), a global trade association of life insurance and financial services professionals. The survey provides insight from more than 1,050 U.S. residents about how…

Bright HealthCare Expands Affordable Plans in 42 New Markets Next Year Including in Texas, Georgia, Utah and Virginia

Bright HealthCare Expands Affordable Plans in 42 New Markets Next Year Including in Texas, Georgia, Utah and Virginia

New states include Texas, which has the third largest IFP population, significantly expanding Bright HealthCare’s total addressable market. The company also announced an expanded product portfolio in states where it already does business, including Florida, California, Colorado and North Carolina. Bright HealthCare will be the first plan in six years to be added to Covered…