Monthly Archives: October 2014

October ends with good news for agents






Let’s face it – while most of us would have done things very differently if we had written the health reform law, there are still a lot of opportunities even in its current flawed format. Individuals are required to purchase … Continue reading






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More Small Employers Drop Group Health Coverage






HPA has been predicting it for years, and now some of the country’s largest insurance companies are admitting that it’s happening: a growing number of small employers are dropping their group health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care … Continue reading






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HPA in the News: How agents profit from private exchanges






In the latest news article to spotlight Health Partners America’s private exchange solution, Alabama Live reports how Mark Cagle, an HPA partner who operates his own private exchange, is profiting from the Affordable Care Act. Cagle, like a lot of … Continue reading






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New competition increases need for private exchanges






In the old days, agents and customers met face to face to select the most appropriate coverage for the client’s family based on the client’s budget. But this isn’t the old days. Health reform – like it or not – … Continue reading






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9 in 10 uninsured unaware of open enrollment period






We’ve all heard the expression “ignorance is bliss.” Whether that saying applies to the uninsured population is debatable – they probably aren’t happy that they don’t have health insurance – but, happy or not, most don’t seem to be doing … Continue reading






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New Wave of Policy Cancellations






In what will certainly be a controversial issue heading into the mid-term elections, individual policy holders across the country are receiving cancellation letters informing them that their non-compliant plans will be terminated at the end of the year, and even … Continue reading






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Administration may kill plans without hospitalization






We’ve all heard about employers offering skinny plans, also known as Minimum Essential Coverage or MEC plans, as a strategy to avoid the across-the-board $2,000 penalty on most of their full-time employees for failing to offer group health coverage next … Continue reading






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Medicare AEP Starts Today






Today marks the beginning of the Medicare Annual Election Period, which runs every year from October 15th through December 7th. It’s funny how it doesn’t get the same fanfare as the upcoming Open Enrollment Period in the individual market. The … Continue reading






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Healthcare.gov New and Improved






Yesterday, the Obama administration unveiled Healthcare.gov 2.0, a new and improved version of the site that was plagued with so many technical difficulties last year. The biggest improvement, which remains to be seen, is a promise by the administration that … Continue reading






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