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



GA: 528264

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Steven Markel

Health Care Insurance News

What happens if I don’t buy coverage during the ACA’s open enrollment period?

If you don't enroll in an ACA-compliant health insurance plan by the end of open enrollment, your buying options will likely be very limited for the coming year.

Who should help me enroll in a health plan?

It may be clear to you that you need help choosing a plan. What isn't clear to many potential enrollees is how the various options for assistance – Navigators, certified application counselors, brokers, agents and enrollment consultants – differ.

What’s happening with the Obamacare penalty?

Although Republican lawmakers have eliminated the individual mandate penalty starting in 2019, people who are uninsured in 2018 will still have to pay the penalty when they file their 2018 tax return.

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

MDwise and Anthem left the exchange at the end of 2017, but Celtic and CareSource are continuing to offer exchange coverage, and both insurers are expanding their coverage areas for 2019. The cost of CSR is once again being added to all plans, rather than just silver plans.

How long will it take me to enroll?

Will all of the turmoil – threatened and real – affect how long it takes for consumers to enroll in a 2018 plan? The good news is that with a little planning, you can probably sidestep any potential enrollment snags.

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

Colorado has a state-run exchange, Connect for Health Colorado. Lawmakers in Colorado again rejected a bill to provide state-based premium subsidies to some enrollees, and a bill that would have created a state-based reinsurance program. But the state will consider the possibility of expanding access to catastrophic plans. And for 2019, the proposed average rate increase is under 6 percent.

Health Wonk Review for July 11, 2018

Summer's here and the time is right for dancing .... uh ... I mean for another edition of Health Wonk Review. Peggy Salvatore, blogger in chief over at HealthSystemEd, has the latest edition and has dubbed it Summer's Coming Around Again.

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

Idaho's exchange has four insurers offering coverage in 2018, and all counties have at least three insurers offering plans. Approved rate hikes for 2018 were steep — an average of 28 percent including off-exchange plans — but the bulk of that is on silver plans, due to the Trump Administration's decision to cut off funding for cost-sharing reductions. CMS has rejected Idaho's "state-based" plans as being non-compliant with the ACA, but is encouraging the state to pursue them as short-term plans instead.

Should I let my 2018 coverage auto-renew?

You're already enrolled in an ACA-compliant health plan through your state's exchange. Should you simply sit back, relax and hold on to the plan that you diligently researched?

Idaho and the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

Idaho still has not expanded Medicaid, despite a proposal to do so that has been on the table since late 2014. Legislative efforts have failed, but Medicaid expansion advocates are taking the issue to the voters. Pending verification of the signatures that were gathered, Medicaid expansion will be on the 2018 ballot in Idaho.

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