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Posted February 16th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

Approximately 12.2 million people signed up for coverage through federal and state-run Exchanges during the 2017 open enrollment period which ended on January 31st.

Posted January 31st, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Republican leaders held a retreat in Philadelphia last week to discuss their top priorities, and of course, discussion about the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was on their to-do list. Although Republicans did not agree on a formal repeal and replacement strategy, they did lay out a timeline for their priorities. This includes a goal of introducing repeal and replacement legislation on the House floor by the end of March. It sounds like we are still at least a couple more months away from knowing the fate of the ACA.
 
Posted January 24th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Just hours after being sworn in as President of the United States, Donald Trump signed an executive order which instructs the Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury and other agencies who are involved in administering the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to “waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of h
Posted January 18th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The term “excepted benefit” is used very frequently in the health insurance industry, but several people have a hard time understanding what that term actually means. In reality, it’s not that hard of a term to understand once it’s explained in plain English. 
 
Posted January 13th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Nothing has changed yet. Nothing will change until after Donald Trump is sworn in as President on January 20th.
Posted January 10th, 2017 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
Significant changes to short-term medical plans (STM plans) have been finalized for 2017. 
 
STM insurance plans with effective dates:
 
  • Prior to April 1, 2017, may be issued for longer periods of time so long as the length of coverage does not extend beyond December 31, 2017. 
  • On or after April 1, 2017, must be limited in duration to periods of less than three months, and that duration includes any renewed coverage.