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Healthcare Open Enrollment Starts Today!

Posted on November 1, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (5107)

It's that time again! Are you covered? Enroll today to skip the penalty!

Individuals must have a health insurance plan with MEC under ACA or pay a penalty.


Affordable Care Act (ACA)

Required: Minimum Essential Coverage

Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC) is the type of coverage an individual needs to meet the individual responsibility requirement under the Affordable Health Care (ACA). Those that do not have a health insurance plan may incur a penalty when they file their taxes at the end of the year.

The 2016 penalty for not having ACA coverage in 2015 is the greater of:

• $695 per adult and $347.50 per child or,

• 2.5% of your household income.

In the future year the penalty will be adjusted according to inflation. If you are uninsured:

• Less than 3 months, no penalty is due.

• 3 months or more, your penalty would be 1/12 of the yearly penalty for every month you are uninsured.


We have agents standing by to assist you in comparing plans, calculating subsides, and enrolling in a health plan that meets your needs.  Call us today at 813-909-HELP.

Medicare & Medicaid Celebrate 50 Years

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (1030)


Fifty years ago, Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Read more here.

http://tbo.com/list/news-opinion-commentary/50th-anniversary-of-medicaid-and-medicare-truly-worth-celebrating-20150730/

Anthem Blue Cross to Buy Cigna

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (2305)



Anthem is buying Cigna in a deal valued at $54.2 billion that will create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million members. Anthem, based in Indianapolis, has pursued Cigna aggressively for months. The deal comes just three weeks after the insurer Aetna bid $35 billion for Humana in a buyout frenzy that will transform five massive U.S. health companies into three even larger ones.

Anthem said it expects the deal to close in the second half of 2016, indicating a long regulatory road ahead. Anthem said it was confident it would get all necessary regulatory and other approvals. The company has said the acquisition will help it reduce costs and allow it to negotiate lower prices with doctors and hospitals. However, antitrust authorities are expected to aggressively scrutinize how the combinations will affect competition for Medicare, individual and commercial insurance.

Anthem and Cigna are two of just four major insurers that administer self-insured plans for major companies. The other two are UnitedHealth Group, Inc. and Aetna. UnitedHealth is currently the biggest U.S. health insurer by membership, while Anthem and Cigna rank No. 2 and No. 4. The combined company would have about 53 million members. UnitedHealth had 45.86 million members as of June 30, 2015.

There are a lot of changes taking place in regards to health insurance mainly due to the Affordable Healthcare Act. At Integrity Financial Insurance we want our clients to be informed of what is taking place regarding your health insurance. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call or contact us.

Aetna to Acquire Humana

Posted on July 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (540)


Aetna has recently announced as of July 3rd 2015 a definite agreement to acquire and merge with Humana.

Aetna does not expect this transaction to close until the second half of 2016 and stated they will be communicating with everyone in a timely manner about any developments. In the meantime, Aetna and Humana will continue to operate and compete as independent companies. Customers and members should experience no changes in their current coverage.

This announcement is just the first step. The agreement to acquire Humana, one of the country’s leading managed care companies, is subject to customary conditions, including regulatory approvals, and a shareholder vote by both companies. Until the closing, Aetna and Humana will operate as usual.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare with a 6-3 Ruling on Law

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (2612)


The Sumpreme Court upholds Obamacare with a 6-3 ruling.  Read more here.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/courts/us-supreme-court-upholds-obamacare-subsidies/2234993

Health Mergers Could Cut Consumer Options

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (554)


Check out the latest health merger news from The Wall Street Journal.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/health-mergers-could-cut-consumer-options-1434937235

Fewer health insurance companies would mean fewer options for the consumer.

Assurant Health Exits The Health Insurance Market June 15, 2015

Posted on June 15, 2015 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (5382)


Assurant Health has concluded the review of its health insurance business and will exit the individual medical, small group, fully insured, and short term medical markets effective today.  

If you currently have an Assurant Health Plan no need to worry as Integrity Financial Insurance works with all major insurance carriers and is certified with Healthcare.gov which means that you will have plenty of options to choose from.

 

I just wanted to take a moment to clarify any questions you may have in regards to this news.

 

Q: Do I still have health insurance?

 

A: Yes, your coverage will not terminate till December 31, 2015.

 

Q: Do I need to do anything now?

 

A: No, Open enrollment begins November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016.  We will be contacting our clients prior to open enrollment with plan options to enroll in a new plan.

 

Q: Will supplemental policies be impacted?

 

A: No, Assurant Health has stated that Dental, Cancer/Heart/Stroke, or Accidental Insurance policies will not be impacted.

 

Integrity Financial Insurance offers insurance plans outside the Marketplace and is certified to offer Marketplace plans. No matter what your current situation is we are here to help you with all your health insurance needs including determining eligibility for insurance subsidies.

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us directly at 813-909-HELP (4357).  We are always available to answer any questions you may have.

 

Thank you for your business! 

CMS Announces Special Enrollment Period Starting March 15, 2015

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (30978)


An announcement was made by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that a special enrollment period will be available starting March 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015. 

Eligibilty is open to individuals that have not enrolled in coverage through the FFM for 2015, and that meet the following criteria:

You paid the penalty for not having health coverage in 2014.

You are not currently enrolled in a plan on HealthCare.gov.

You first became aware of the shared responsibility payment after Feb. 15, 2015, when open enrollment ended, in connection with preparing your 2014 taxes.

Individuals who qualify for an exemption would not have to pay a penalty.

If you meet this criteria and would like to enroll please call (813)909-4357.  We would be happy to assit you with this enrollment.


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