19 04, 2013

Health Insurers to Continue Medical Underwriting in 2014 Despite ACA Prohibition

By |April 19th, 2013 |Categories: ACA, Health Insurance Reform, Large Group Medical Insurance Articles|

It is my understanding that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) forbids medical underwriting in the individual and group markets beginning in 2014. However, today, April 18, 2013, I attended a panel discussion of large group health insurance carriers , where representatives from Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, CIGNA and Health Net all stated that they would continue to medically underwrite groups with 50 or more employees.

15 04, 2013

CA Exchange Website Could Spell Trouble for Insurers & Consumers

By |April 15th, 2013 |Categories: ACA, Covered California, Health Benefit Exchange, Health Insurance Reform, Individual Medical Insurance Articles|

On April 8th, 2013 Covered California/exchange/HBEX held a webinar for agents to describe their online enrollment process. Buried at the end of the presentation, slide 37 of 39 slides, was a screenshot of the page someone will see when he/she goes online to select a health insurance plan through Covered California. Bad [...]

8 04, 2013

California Exchange (HBEX) Shocks Insurance Industry with Selection of SHOP Administrator

By |April 8th, 2013 |Categories: ACA, Covered California, Health Benefit Exchange, Health Insurance Reform, Small Business Articles|

California’s Health Benefit Exchange (HBEX)  also known as “Covered California,” sent an email to agents on Friday, April 5, 2013 to announce that they had selected Pinnacle Claims Management, Inc. to run the California SHOP exchange for small businesses. This shocked many in the insurance community including carrier reps, [...]

12 02, 2013

Health Insurance Marketplace: the New Name for the Federal Exchange

By |February 12th, 2013 |Categories: ACA, Covered California, Health Benefit Exchange, Health Insurance Reform, Individual Medical Insurance Articles, Small Business Articles|

The Federal government has re-branded its health insurance "exchange" as the "Health Insurance Marketplace." A video on the government's web site suggests that shopping in the Health Insurance Marketplace will be as easy as buying food in a grocery store. The government makes some pretty bold claims