Like lots of people this fall, Steven and Mia want to sign up for a 2017 health plan. They don’t get health coverage through their jobs, and they know they need it for ‘the big stuff’. But where do they start? They turned to us and we had good news for them:  we had some straightforward facts to share, plus we’ve mapped out some easy steps for them to take. Come along for the ride. [...]

It’s that time of year again – time to enroll in health coverage for 2017.  Open enrollment begins on October 1 for plans without financial assistance and on November 1 for plans with financial assistance.  So what’s the difference in shopping in October versus November?  The plans available starting on October 1 through Florida Blue do not includ [...]

In December 2015, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published Notice 2015-87, which provided updated amounts for the penalty calculations related to the Employer Shared Responsibility Payment.  Applicable large employers, defined as those with at least 50 full-time employees (including full-time equivalent employees) on average du [...]

Yesterday’s Tampa Bay Times posted a news article on various individuals having some confusion around the deadline for enrolling in Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act – ACA). As stated in the article, “Florida continues to lead the nation in enrollment, with 1.6 million people statewide having already selected a plan. Nationally, the figure is about 11.5 million people, a [...]

Starting with the 2014 tax year, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires all taxpayers to indicate whether they were enrolled in health care coverage as part of their annual federal tax return.  In addition, taxp [...]

The 2016 open enrollment cutoff date for January 1 coverage has now been extended until December 17. Because of the increased demand and growing volume of individuals seeking health care coverage by the beginning of 2016, the Health Insurance Marketplace announced that it will be extending the deadline to sign-up for January 1 coverage until 11:59 p.m. PST on De [...]

If you currently DO have coverage…. Step 1:  Review you current situation. Has my family circumstances changed?  Do I have more or less income to pay for health insurance? Is there any change in my family’s health conditions Step 2: Read through your current health plan. Are the benefits changing for 2017? Is the month [...]

The Affordable Care Act makes health care available to more people. For many, this will be the first time they’ll use a health insurance plan. Health insurance, like many other things in life, has terms to describe certain thing [...]

If you attended the June 19, 2015 Open Line Friday provider teleconference, you may have received the same messages I heard, which are, as a provider I really need to be getting ready for ICD-10. With less than 103 days to go, get your own house in order and focus on your internal processes; select your top three or so payers and test ICD-10 coded claims with them. We are all seeing the [...]

Picture this: You get a call from your child’s school and the news is not good. Your youngest has the flu and needs to go to the doctor. You make arrangements with your boss to leave early and race out the door to pick up your kid and cross your fingers that the doctor’s office is able to squeeze [...]