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Posted August 7th, 2018 in Producers, Individuals

Last week, the Trump administration issued final rules which extend the maximum duration of short-term medical plans (STM plans). STM plans can now have an initial coverage period just shy of one year (364 days). Taking into account renewals, STM plans can have a maximum duration of up to 36 months.

Posted July 26th, 2018 in Producers

Recently, we’ve been exploring the role of General Agents and addressing some of the common misconceptions that people often have about them. There’s no question that working with a General Agent (GA) can be extremely beneficial for insurance brokers. However, not all GAs are created equal.

There are different types of arrangements out there and not every organization that represents itself as a GA meets the necessary criteria. When looking for a GA to work with, it’s important to look for a “true” GA.  

Posted July 24th, 2018 in Producers
Last week, we discussed the role that General Agents play in the insurance industry and how they provide value to brokers. This week, we’d like to clear up some of the biggest misconceptions about working with a General Agent (GA).
 
Posted July 19th, 2018 in Producers

Did you know that a General Agent helps brokers make more money and doesn't cost a penny to the broker? Even after 30 years in the business, we sometimes get confused looks when we tell people that we’re a General Agent. As it turns out, not everyone fully understands the wide range of services provided by General Agents or the value that they bring to insurance brokers. For brokers who don’t currently work with one, there are often misconceptions about why General Agents exist, how they operate and how they get paid. Well, we’d like to take a minute to clear up any confusion.

Posted March 29th, 2018 in Employers, Producers, Individuals
Last week, President Donald Trump signed into law a 2,232-page federal spending bill avoiding another government shutdown. In the days leading up to the bill’ s passage, it appeared that Congressional leaders were on the verge of including funds which aimed to stabilize the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
 
Posted February 22nd, 2018 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The state of Idaho is looking to do something no other state has done – allow for the sale of health insurance plans which don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The primary purpose is to allow for lower premiums plans to be available. 
 
Posted February 6th, 2018 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The state of Idaho is looking to do something no other state has done – allow for the sale of health insurance plans which don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The primary purpose is to allow for lower premiums plans to be available.  
 
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.
 
Posted February 26th, 2016 in Producers, Employers, Individuals
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced a new process that will impact anyone seeking to enroll with a special enrollment period (SEP) on the Healthcare.gov website.  Under the current process, individuals who experience a qualifying event simply need to check a box on the application to be eligible for an SEP.
Posted October 8th, 2015 in Employers, Producers, Individuals

The open enrollment period (OEP) in the individual market will begin on November 1, 2015 and end on January 31, 2016.

During this time period, just about anyone can enroll or make plan changes to coverage in the individual market.

Here are some helpful reminders as the OEP approaches:

Who is eligible for a subsidy?

There are a number of factors that affect eligibility or can disqualify an individual for a subsidy, such as: