Health Care Reform
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan is extending the hours of its 11 walk-in centers statewide to provide customers with an additional way to get help with confirming their new health plan enrollment and premium amounts, making payments and related customer service questions.
The extended hours run through Jan. 31, 2014, when centers will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., and in most locations, the centers also will be open Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (NOTE: Saturday hours will not apply in Ann Arbor, Flint-Linden Creek and Marquette centers.)
BCBSM also extended the premium payment deadline to Jan. 31 for coverage that became effective to Jan. 1 for members in its individual plans.
At each walk in center, members can pay their first month’s bill for individual plans that became effective on Jan. 1, 2014, for which Blue Cross has extended the payment deadline to Jan. 31. Additionally, consumers interested in enrolling in an ACA plan can talk directly with a health plan advisor or licensed Blue Cross agent, to determine the best plan for their specific situation, and ensure that each form is completed correctly to take advantage of any available federal assistance. Consumers can sign up by Jan. 15 to obtain a plan with coverage effective Feb. 1. The deadline to sign up for an ACA compliant plan without tax penalty for 2013 is March 31.
The customer service team, health plan advisors and licensed Blue Cross agents are available at the following 11 BCBSM walk in centers:
*Ann Arbor, Flint and Marquette locations are not open on Saturday.
For consumers who have not yet enrolled in ACA compliant plans, Blue Cross Health Plan advisors are also available by phone Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through the end of open enrollment on March 31.
Michigan residents also can contact one of the thousands of licensed Blue Cross agents across the state who have had training to assist consumers to determine subsidy eligibility and which qualified health plan may be their best option. More than 2,000 Michigan agents have completed training and certification to sell Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Cross Network plans both on and off the Marketplace.
Those consumers at higher income levels who are not eligible for a subsidy, or don’t wish to take advantage of one, can enroll easily through bcbsm.com. BCBSM offers a total of 18 options for coverage for individuals, many of which are among the lowest priced health plans on Michigan’s Health Insurance Marketplace. The rates for these plans are identical both on and off the Marketplace. BCBSM is the only health insurer to offer coverage in every one of Michigan’s 83 counties. Products, pricing and plan design are available at bcbsm.com/myblue.
To learn more about health reform, visit HealthCareReformBasics.com.
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