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Markel Insurance Services
1400 Buford Hwy., Ste. G-2
Sugar Hill, GA, 30518



GA: 528264

Insurance Brokers:
Steven Markel

Health Care Insurance News

Healthcare insurance doesn’t have to break the bank

The answer is that affordable health coverage is out there and is possible – if you don't overlook some obvious strategies that will decrease your insurance costs.

Health Wonk Review for January 17, 2018

Joe Paduda is helping ring in the New Year with the first Health Wonk Review of 2018 over at Managed Care Matters.

Kansas health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

Kansas exchange enrollment reached almost 99,000 for 2017. BCBSKS, Medica, and Centene have filed plans for 2018, but Blue KC (currently in Johnson and Wyandotte counties) will no longer offer coverage in the Kansas exchange after 2017. BCBSKS and Medica already offer coverage in the exchange, but Centene will be new to the exchange for 2018, filling the void left by Blue KC's exit.

Colorado health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

Colorado has a state-run exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. The state passed legislation in 2011 to create the exchange, and is among just 12 states (including DC) that are running their own exchanges and enrollment platforms for 2017 coverage.

Can I deduct my exchange premiums when I file taxes?

Q. I've always had employer-sponsored health insurance, and I believe the premiums were tax deductible. But I left that job earlier this year, and have now purchased individual health insurance in the exchange. Do I get to deduct the premiums I'm paying when I file my taxes next spring? A. If you're self-employed, yes. If not, it will depend on how much you spend on medical expenses during the year.

Billions in ACA rebates show 80/20 Rule’s impact

Ever since 2012, millions of Americans have received rebates from their health insurers each fall, refunding portions of prior-year premiums that were essentially too high.

Tennessee health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

Three insurers are offering coverage in Tennessee's exchange for 2018: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, Cigna, and new entrant, Oscar Health. Most areas of the state will have just one insurer offering coverage, but Oscar and Cigna are both offering coverage in the Nashville area, and Cigna and BCBSTN are both offering coverage in the Tri-City area. Humana left the exchange, and former Humana members have until March 1, 2018 to pick a replacement plan.

We claim our son, but not our daughter, on our taxes. How are premium subsidies calculated for families like ours?

Q. My husband and I have two children. We claim our son on our taxes; he's in high school, lives at home and has a part-time job. Our 23 year-old daughter has her own place and we don't claim her on our taxes. She has a full-time job but it doesn't provide insurance. We're going to buy insurance through the exchange for ourselves and our son, but we don't know whether we should add our daughter to our plan or have her get her own. For premium subsidies, how does the exchange calculate household income for families like ours?

Kentucky and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is a major reason for Kentucky's success in reducing its uninsured rate through the Affordable Care Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid report that Kentucky’s Medicaid enrollment increased by 108 percent from 2013 to October 2017. And according to US Census data, Kentucky's uninsured rate dropped 9.2 percentage points from 2013 to 2016, reaching a low of 5.1 percent. But Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, elected in late 2015, is implementing sweeping changes to the program that will cut costs but also much-needed benefits. HHS approved Kentucky's proposed changes to Medicaid, and they will take effect in mid-2018.

Nevada health insurance marketplace: history and news of the state’s exchange

Nevada was one of only nine states on the platform with single-digit average benchmark premium increases for 2017, and enrollment grew slightly for 2017, in contrast to the average enrollment decline across all states. And again for 2018, enrollment grew in Nevada's exchange. Silver Summit (Centene) has joined the exchange for 2018, but Prominence and Anthem left the exchange. Enrollees whose plans terminated at the end of 2017 have a special enrollment period through March 1, 2018.

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