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As the enrollment season opens, brokers take on bigger role






The Affordable Care Act’s second annual open enrollment period started today, but the big news this past week was the administration’s relatively low expectations. After a better-than-expected initial enrollment period last year, the Obama administration lowered its estimates for this … Continue reading






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More Competition in the Individual Marketplace






A brand-new issue brief from the Department of Health and Human Services highlights the increased competition we’ll witness in the individual marketplace this year in most states, whether they have set up their own state exchange or are using the … Continue reading






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Monthly Premium Amounts for Silver-Level Plans






In yesterday’s blog post, we showed a graphic from the new HHS report on Premium Affordability, Competition, and Choice in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Here’s another: This table shows the maximum amount an individual at various income levels would pay … Continue reading






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New Healthcare.gov Premium and Tax Credit Info






The real problem with the Affordable Care Act – at least the problem with the perception of the Affordable Care Act among average Americans – is not that they won’t benefit from the law but rather that they don’t understand … Continue reading






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Do you qualify for a special enrollment period?






During the downtime (between now and the start of the Open Enrollment Period November 15th), agents are looking for opportunities to sign qualified individuals up for coverage in the individual market. We all know that if a group cancels its … Continue reading






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More states switching to Healthcare.gov






One of the most famous lines from the 1987 movie Planes, Trains, and Automobiles is “You’re going the wrong way!” That’s also what HHS officials probably feel like screaming at some of the states because, instead of developing their own … Continue reading






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More Interesting Enrollment Data






Following last week’s release by HHS of the enrollment numbers for the initial annual open enrollment period, carriers are beginning to chime in with their own enrollment statistics. One major carrier, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, which is owned … Continue reading






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Marketplace glitches give procrastinators a second chance






We’re all guilty of it from time – PROCRASTINATING. Usually this bad habit comes back to bite us, but the almost complete failure of the government’s marketplace rollout has given brokers who haven’t yet developed an individual solution for their … Continue reading






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Government shutdown could cause more bad info






Pretty much everyone in the insurance industry has spent much of the last three-and-a-half years frustrated at the incorrect, incomplete, or complete lack of information about the ACA provided by HHS, Treasury, and the DOL. Sure, they have a difficult … Continue reading






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SHOP exchange enrollment delayed






We’ve said all along that the individual exchange would be popular and the SHOP exchange would crash and burn. Today we got even more evidence of that – the online enrollment for the SHOP exchange has been delayed until “sometime … Continue reading






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