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Health insurance and open enrollment – what you need to know

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“As open enrollment for health insurance begins Wednesday, Nov. 1, and several changes have occurred or been proposed, I decided to check in with two industry experts for their advice on what you need to know.

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Cook County: Medicare Supplement

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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We specialize in helping Cook County individuals understand Medicare and Medicare supplements.

Medicare is a federal program to help older Americans and some disabled Americans pay for the high cost of healthcare.

Generally, the Government’s Medicare Program consists of 4 parts:

  • Part A is for hospital services, no premium
  • Part B is for medical services, premium based on income
  • Part C are Medicare Advantage Plans. It’s a Government Program. Sold through Insurance Companies, plans and pricing vary.
  • Part D is the prescription drug plan. It is also sold through insurance companies, plan and pricing vary.

Medicare does not cover all the costs.

To help cover the costs that Medicare doesn’t cover, you have a few choices.

  • Medicare supplement plans (AKA – Medigap)
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription Drug Plans (AKA – Part D, PDP, and Medicare Rx)

In order to purchase one of these supplements, you will need to sign up for both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Please contact us at (847) 426-2788. We are also proud of our 5 Star Google Places reviews. Thank you for visiting our website we look forward to working with you.

Thanks again,

Robert G. Eriksen, President
Personal Health Insurance Broker

Phone: (847) 426-2788
Email: Bob@EriksenInsurance.com

Chicagoland: Medicare Supplement

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
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We specialize in helping Chicagoland individuals understand Medicare and Medicare supplements.

Medicare is a federal program to help older Americans and some disabled Americans pay for the high cost of healthcare.

Generally, the Government’s Medicare Program consists of 4 parts:

  • Part A is for hospital services, no premium
  • Part B is for medical services, premium based on income
  • Part C are Medicare Advantage Plans. It’s a Government Program. Sold through Insurance Companies, plans and pricing vary.
  • Part D is the prescription drug plan. It is also sold through insurance companies, plan and pricing vary.

Medicare does not cover all the costs.

To help cover the costs that Medicare doesn’t cover, you have a few choices.

  • Medicare supplement plans (AKA – Medigap)
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription Drug Plans (AKA – Part D, PDP, and Medicare Rx)

In order to purchase one of these supplements, you will need to sign up for both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Please contact us at (847) 426-2788. We are also proud of our 5 Star Google Places reviews. Thank you for visiting our website we look forward to working with you.

Thanks again,

Robert G. Eriksen, President
Personal Health Insurance Broker

Phone: (847) 426-2788
Email: Bob@EriksenInsurance.com

Chicago: Medicare Supplement Insurance

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017
Willis Tower (formerly Sears Tower) in Chicago...

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We specialize in helping Chicago individuals understand Medicare and Medicare supplements.

Medicare is a federal program to help older Americans and some disabled Americans pay for the high cost of healthcare.

Generally, the Government’s Medicare Program consists of 4 parts:

  • Part A is for hospital services, no premium
  • Part B is for medical services, premium based on income
  • Part C are Medicare Advantage Plans. It’s a Government Program. Sold through Insurance Companies, plans and pricing vary.
  • Part D is the prescription drug plan. It is also sold through insurance companies, plan and pricing vary.

Medicare does not cover all the costs.

To help cover the costs that Medicare doesn’t cover, you have a few choices.

  • Medicare supplement plans (AKA – Medigap)
  • Medicare Advantage Plans
  • Prescription Drug Plans (AKA – Part D, PDP, and Medicare Rx)

In order to purchase one of these supplements, you will need to sign up for both Medicare Part A and Part B.

Please contact us at (847) 426-2788. We are also proud of our 5 Star Google Places reviews. Thank you for visiting our website we look forward to working with you.

Thanks again,

Robert G. Eriksen, President
Personal Health Insurance Broker

Phone: (847) 426-2788
Email: Bob@EriksenInsurance.com

Rauner plays it safe on likely doomed GOP Senate Obamacare bill

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

The Chicago Suntimes reports:

“The potential for Senate Republicans to unravel Obamacare this week diminished on Sunday, when two GOP senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Ted Cruz of Texas said their support was unlikely.

Even though the bill drafted by Sens. Lindsey Graham R-S.C. and Bill Cassidy R-La., is on the verge of failure — and may not even get a vote by the end of the month — as long as Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House, attempts may continue to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, former President Barack Obama’s signature health insurance plan.

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How Safe Is Your Medicare?

Friday, August 18th, 2017

The Fool reports:

“There are several popular misconceptions about the financial condition of Medicare, which virtually all American senior citizens rely on to cover healthcare expenses in retirement. Many people believe Medicare is broke, or that there’s virtually no chance that Medicare will still be around by the time they retire. Spoiler alert: Neither of these assumptions are true.

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BCBSIL to Stop Offering SHOP Plans (Small Group 1-50) Starting Jan. 1, 2018

Friday, August 4th, 2017

Blue Cross and Blue Shield reports:

“We want to let you know that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) will not be participating in the Federally Facilitated Small Business Health Options Program (FF-SHOP) marketplace with BCBSIL health insurance plans starting Jan. 1, 2018.

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Health insurance plans to be rated based on size of network

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Live Insurance News reports:

” The Obama administration will now use the number of included doctors and hospitals in the ratings.

In response to complaints from consumers with respect to the way health insurance plans are rated on the exchanges, the Obama administration has now said that it will provide a rating for each plan based on the number of hospitals and doctors that are included within that plan’s network.

Equally, there will also be an increase to the maximum annual out-of-pocket amount that consumers can pay.

For individuals, the maximum out-of-pocket expenses for health insurance next year, will be $7,150. For families that figure will be $14,300. Consumer advocates haven’t been impressed with those numbers, as they have said these additional costs could pose a considerable financial burden for middle-income individuals and families who require a large amount of medical care. These new rules were published within the Federal Register, this week. Under these regulations, insurance companies will be able to sell health plans with limited provider networks. (more…)

UnitedHealthcare launches a smaller, ‘very, very different’ insurer

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Star Tribune Business reports:

” UnitedHealthcare is facing competition this year in Atlanta and Chicago from a new name in health insurance — a carrier that’s actually one of its subsidiaries.

For the first time, individual shoppers are buying coverage from Harken Health, a company with about 100 employees based at an office on the UnitedHealthcare corporate campus in Minnetonka.

Harken is being run as an independent entity, executives said, with a distinct approach to selling coverage. Subscribers receive unlimited access to primary care, without copays, if they visit a health center owned by Harken Health.

“It’s like an automobile company that makes a brand of car, and then with better luck or worse luck they also make a Saturn,” said Roger Feldman, a health insurance expert at the University of Minnesota.

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The Federal Government’s $146 Billion Obamacare Boo-Boo

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

According to The Motley Fool:

Bad things can happen when a government forecast proves to be way off.

There are mistakes, and then there are big mistakes. What the Congressional Budget Office’s latest report on federal subsidies revealed was a mistake of monstrousproportions on the part of the federal government.

Here’s what a forecasting error looks like
The Congressional Budget Office, or CBO, has been making projections on the future of Obamacare, and healthcare in general, for years. Initially, the CBO had projected that up to 21 million people would sign up for private health insurance using Obamacare’s transparent marketplace exchanges by 2016. However, that estimate has been substantially reduced to just 12 million. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, Obamacare enrollment totaled “about 12.7 million” as of the end of third enrollment period (Jan. 31, 2016). Ultimately, the CBO foresees private health enrollment via Obamacare topping out at between 18 million and 19 million people between 2018 and 2026.

Why such a huge difference in actual enrollment versus initial projections? To begin with, the government appears to have overestimated just how many people would sign up on private exchanges versus being enrolled via their employer. The data has thus far shown that nowhere near as many people as expected dropped out of employer-sponsored insurance to sign up on Obamacare’s marketplace exchanges, meaning there was a considerably smaller uninsured pool than initially anticipated. (more…)

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