Benefits Buzz

Posted October 30th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

By this time most of us are starting to become familiar with the subsidies that are available to eligible individuals that enroll in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Exchange. Many of us have also heard the phrase:

“If your household income is within 400% of the Federal Poverty Level you may qualify for a subsidy in the Exchange.” 

This seems simple to understand on the surface, but this statement is packed with terms that require further definition. We’ve put together a summary to help you understand some of the key pieces of information within this statement.

Posted October 29th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The InsureXSolutions® private insurance exchange, operated by Flexible Benefit Service Corporation (Flex), has launched new resources which can be found at insurexsolutions.com.

There is no need to wait.

Posted October 8th, 2013 in Producers

The 2014 Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) is just one week away and there is a lot of confusion among seniors in regards to their benefits. With all of the news and other programs focusing on driving people to the Public Exchanges that are now open for business, it is easy to understand why.

The individual mandate requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has everyone clamoring to find out how it applies to them so communication to senior clients is very important.

Posted September 27th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released proposed regulations about a new Basic Health Program that will be available starting in 2015. The Basic Health Program will be a lower cost alternative for people that cannot afford health plans in the insurance exchanges, such as those people that fall just outside of Medicaid eligibility. 

Posted September 25th, 2013 in Producers, Employers, Individuals

New guidance was released on September 13, 2013 that applies to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other employer healthcare arrangements. Much of the guidance impacts employers that want to provide reimbursements to employees to help pay for individual health insurance policy premiums. Many employers have given this idea some consideration instead of offering a traditional group health plan to reduce their costs.

Posted September 10th, 2013 in Producers

Part II of the registration process for insurance producers to sell coverage in the Federally-Facilitated and State Partnership Exchanges has officially launched.  Part II only needs to be completed by producers who wish to sell in the individual market

Part II is expected to take approximately 30 minutes to complete and requires identity proofing on the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Enterprise Portal.

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