The Health Insurance Marketplace
Health Insurance for Individuals and Families
The health insurance mandate in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed into law in March of 2010. This law requires all people without health insurance, that can afford it, to purchase a health insurance policy. This requirement went into effect in 2014. If you can afford family or individual health insurance but do not purchase it, or if you remain uninsured for more than 3 months, a penalty will be assessed when you file your taxes the following year.
Annual Open Enrollment for 2017 health insurance plans begins on November 1, 2016 and closes on January 31, 2017! If you do not re-enroll or purchase health insurance coverage by January 31, 2017, you may be assessed a penalty when you file your 2017 tax return in 2018. Penalties for remaining uninsured in 2017 will be higher than the penalties for 2016.
Annual Open enrollment for NC health insurance plans through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace will last for only 3 months. From November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017 will be the only time you can view new health insurance plans for 2017, enroll in health insurance, and make changes to your existing family or individual insurance plans for 2017, unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.
Affordable health insurance can be purchased in North Carolina through WNC Health Insurance, an independent authorized agency of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina®. During this 3 month enrollment window we will walk you through enrolling in the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, help you fill out the forms, and help you decide on the best insurance plan for you and your family in 2017.
If you miss the Annual Open Enrollment Period for the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace, you will need to wait to purchase affordable health insurance in North Carolina until the next Annual Open Enrollment Period for 2018, unless you experience a Qualifying Life Event. If you experience a Qualifying Life Event you may apply for a Special Enrollment Period, and be able to enroll or make changes to your health insurance outside of the Annual Open Enrollment Period!
North Carolina’s Health Insurance Marketplace
The Federal Health Insurance Marketplace provides North Carolinians with access to some of the most affordable health insurance plans available. During Annual Open Enrollment Periods, or if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period, WNC Health Insurance can assist you in finding the best health plans under The Affordable Care Act. We are your one stop shop for navigating through the North Carolina Health Insurance Marketplace. We are here to help you find the necessary health insurance to secure your family’s insurance needs, at no additional cost to you.
Visit us in person at our store, or call: 828-348-2583 right now!
Affordable Health Insurance Coverage
As of 2014, everyone must have health insurance. There are federal subsidies available for some low-income North Carolinians to help pay for the cost of insurance premiums for plans purchased through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace during Annual Open Enrollment, or a Special Enrollment Period.
All plans that are offered in the Health Insurance Marketplace are required to meet minimal coverage requirements that have been deemed essential benefits by the new health care law.
As of 2014, insurance providers may no longer raise premiums or deny coverage due to a pre-existing condition.
You will see four types on plans on the Health Insurance Marketplace: Bronze (lowest premium with highest out-of-pocket expenses), Silver, Gold, and Platinum (highest premium with lowest out-of-pocket expenses). The cost of health insurance on each of these four plans will vary based on the amount you pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses and the actual amount the plan will pay for.
The Healthcare Reform Law allowed for some health insurance plans to be grandfathered in, but not all.
To learn about the benefits of purchasing insurance on the new Health Insurance Marketplace, or for more information on how the new Healthcare Reform Law impacts the insurance plan you have, call us right now at 828-348-2583.
Insurance Coverage in North Carolina
One of the largest insurance carriers in North Carolina, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina®, or BCBSNC®, offers health insurance plans on the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace that meet the requirements set forth by the Healthcare Reform Law.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina® is the only health insurance company that offers subsidized coverage in all 100 counties in North Carolina, through the Federal Health Insurance Marketplace.
For help in choosing the best health insurance policy in North Carolina, contact WNC Health Insurance today!