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Obamacare enrollment starts Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know

Monday, October 30th, 2017

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Choosing the right health insurance plan can be a cumbersome process, and this year’s political back-and-forth over Obamacare has made it seem even more confusing.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield won’t credit Land of Lincoln members for deductibles

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“A large insurer on Illinois’ Obamacare exchange has decided not to credit former Land of Lincoln members for money they’ve already paid toward their deductibles despite a request from the state to consider doing so.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois has decided it cannot waive deductible or out-of-pocket costs for Land of Lincoln members who may join Blue Cross in October, said Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois spokeswoman Dana Holmes on Monday.

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Illinois’ Obamacare plans seek big 2017 premium hikes

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Insurers want to crank up the cost of health insurance premiums by as much as 45 percent for Illinois residents who buy coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the most popular insurer on the state’s Obamacare exchange, is proposing increases ranging from 23 percent to 45 percent in premiums for its individual health-care plans, according to proposed 2017 premiums that were made public Monday. The insurer blamed the sought-after hikes mainly on changes in the costs of medical services.

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Land of Lincoln coverage will end Oct. 1 for individual enrollees

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Chicago Tribune reports:

“Land of Lincoln Health’s insurance coverage for its individual enrollees will end Oct. 1, according to the Illinois Department of Insurance.

The agency posted the news on Land of Lincoln’s website. A green banner now greets visitors to the website with the headline, “Important notice to all members” with a link taking them to information about the Chicago-based insurer’s impending shutdown. The notice comes a week after the agency moved to seize control of the financially troubled Chicago-based insurer.

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Land of Lincoln just 1 in long line of ACA health co-op failures

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

“The state’s shutdown of its three-year-old Land of Lincoln Health was no surprise, observers say, coming amidst a nationwide trail of failures of nonprofit alternative insurers set up under the Affordable Care Act.

Those insurers faced many obstacles, but most important were two financial hits: the federal government’s reneging on hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies promised under ACA, while at the same time demanding the struggling startups pony up hundreds of millions in other contributions required under that law.

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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…)

IRS Grants Extension for 6055 and 6056 Reporting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

According to United Healthcare, Broker Connection Special Edition:

“On Dec. 28, 2015, the IRS announced that it is granting an automatic extension for the 2015 information returns required of insurers, employers and certain other providers of Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) under Section 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

Coverage providers that need more time now have until March 31 to get Form 1095 to individuals and until June 30 to electronically file with the IRS. For providers not filing electronically, the deadline is May 31, 2016. (more…)

Here’s What Medicare Part B Costs and Covers in 2016

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

According to The Motley Fool:

“Learn how this part of the Medicare program works. 

Retirees rely on Medicare to help them with their healthcare expenses, but getting a better understanding of how the program’s different components can be challenging. Medicare Part B plays a key role in the everyday aspects of healthcare, and below, you’ll learn more of the specifics of how much Part B costs and what it covers.

What Medicare Part B costs
Medicare participants pay a monthly premium to get Part B coverage, but one of the more confusing things about the program in 2016 is that different participants pay different amounts. The standard charge for most new participants this year is $121.80 per month. But because of a law that ties Medicare increases to cost-of-living adjustments for Social Security, the majority of existing participants will pay the $104.90 monthly premium they paid in 2015. (more…)

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