As the 2015 Open Enrollment season is winding down, it’s important to notify URL of the submitted business to avoid any commission delays. Please take a few minutes and input your customer’s information into the link so we can start tracking your business and most importantly…track your commissions. Click here.

I’m sure the calls have starting to come in relative to the HHS ruling that PA CHIP Buy-In policies do not meet minimum essential coverage (MEC) standards set by the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act. This means that 3,600 Pennsylvania children will be without insurance because of this Federal action. More information will follow. However, you can assist them in getting coverage by adding them to their parents’ plans or by writing a child-only policy.

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CHIP Letter to Families

We are writing you today with critical information about your children’s healthcare coverage. The federal government has decided that Pennsylvania’s Full‐Cost CHIP program does not meet minimum requirements for insurance coverage. Because of this, they require you to obtain a new insurance plan for your child(ren). Click here to read more.

Application for Exemption from the Shared Responsibility Payment for Individuals who Experience Hardships

Use this application to apply for an exemption from the shared responsibility payment. Click here to read more.

Governor Tom Wolf Launches Medicaid Expansion in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf today announced Pennsylvania’s transition to a simple traditional Medicaid expansion plan. Click here to read more.

Highmark | Please Remove All "Courtesy Pass" Communications That You May Have Posted

We are refining the details of the "Courtesy Pass" program for our members. If you have posted the talking points or the sample member letter on your website, per the Agency Alert sent Feb. 3, at 1 p.m., please remove it immediately. Click here to read more.

Highmark Open Enrollment Update | Agent information not always transferring with on-exchange applications

CMS recently identified that is not always passing the agent's name and National Producer Number (NPN) to health insurance carriers. As a result, Highmark cannot assign agent and agency numbers to these policies, and commission cannot be paid. Click here to read more.

Capital BlueCross' Producer Incentive Program is Back!

New year. Same great deal. Our popular incentive program is back! Earn extra bonuses on the sale of medical + dental contracts effective February 1 to July 15, 2015. Click here to read more.

Statement from IBC Regarding Anthem Cyber Attack

As announced in the press last Wednesday, Anthem, Inc., a Blue Cross Blue Shield insurer that does business in 14 states, was the target of a sophisticated, external attack. Independence Blue Cross understands the concerns that have been raised by this cyber-attack. Click here to read more.

David Banet Health Care Briefs for February 2 - 6, 2015

Anthem Hacked. Anthem, one of the nation's largest health insurers, said last week that the personal information of tens of millions of its customers and employees, including its chief executive, was the subject of a "very sophisticated external cyberattack." Click here to read more.

Highmark Update - Information about Anthem's Security Breach

Highmark has become aware of a privacy issue involving another large health insurer. We want to ensure that you are also aware of the details. Click here to read more.

Capital BlueCross Anthem Data Breach Bulletin

Anthem, Inc. has reported that it was the target of a sophisticated external cyber attack. This attack resulted in unauthorized access to the personal information of up to 80 million members. Click here to read more.

Capital BlueCross | Private Group Exchange 101 Webinar

Capital BlueCross is pleased to announce our educational forum especially designed for our producer and consultant partners. You will not want to miss learning about our new and improved private exchange tool from the warmth and comfort of your home or office. Click here to read more.

Weekly PPACA Update Conference Call

In a continuing effort to assist our agent-partners in getting the information needed to flourish within the under 65 group and individual markets in Pennsylvania, we are holding weekly live webinars. They will serve as a place to get your questions answered and discuss topics and strategies that will lead to your continued success in the health insurance market. Click here to register.

Weekly PPACA Conference Call Archives

Click here to view the archived recordings of the PPACA Conference Calls.

Recipients of Obamacare Subsidies Could Face Tax Surprise

If you made more money than expected last year, April 15 could be payback time for the Affordable Care Act subsidies you received to help offset the cost of your monthly health insurance premium. Click here to read more.

Top 10 counties with residents enrolling in exchanges

Enrollment in health insurance through is expected to hit or beat projections for 2015. But how does it break down on a county-by-county level? Benefitter analyzed enrollment data from the 50 most populous counties in the U.S. to find those with the most enrollments per capita. Click here to read more.

Medicaid expansion could leave some with marketplace coverage in the lurch

Pennsylvania's Medicaid expansion means that more than half a million residents are newly eligible for the coverage. But an unlikely group may be falling through the cracks -- the tens of thousands of low-income adults who signed up for marketplace coverage last year before this Medicaid option existed. Click here to read more.

New SHOP User Guides Now Available

Want to learn more about the SHOP Agent and Broker Portal, employer and employee enrollment process, and how payments are made in the SHOP Marketplace? New SHOP user guides are now available to help you and your clients. Click here to read more.

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