Finally an Easy Way to Apply for ObamaCare
November 13, 2013
By Katie Banks+
As you have probably heard, the ObamaCare website has had some serious glitches, but now there is a way to avoid all that. Medicoverage announced today that they are able to quickly submit paper applications for ACA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans in most states.
ObamaCare ACA Paper Application
The Affordable Care Act paper application is now available for individuals and families in the following states. This is the easiest way to apply for health coverage. Click on your state below to access the application.
Alabama ObamaCare Application
Alaska ObamaCare Application
Arizona ObamaCare Application
Arkansas ObamaCare Application
California ObamaCare Application
Delaware ObamaCare Application
Florida ObamaCare Application
Georgia ObamaCare Application
Indiana ObamaCare Application
Illinois ObamaCare Application
Iowa ObamaCare Application
Kansas ObamaCare Application
Louisiana ObamaCare Application
Maine ObamaCare Application
Michigan ObamaCare Application
Mississippi ObamaCare Application
Missouri ObamaCare Application
Montana ObamaCare Application
Nebraska ObamaCare Application
New Hampshire ObamaCare Application
New Jersey ObamaCare Application
North Carolina ObamaCare Application
North Dakota ObamaCare Application
Ohio ObamaCare Application
Oklahoma ObamaCare Application
Pennsylvania ObamaCare Application
South Carolina ObamaCare Application
South Dakota ObamaCare Application
Tennessee ObamaCare Application
Texas ObamaCare Application
Utah ObamaCare Application
Virginia ObamaCare Application
West Virginia ObamaCare Application
Wisconsin ObamaCare Application
Wyoming ObamaCare Application
Need Assistance filling out the Application?
You can call an agent to receive help while filling out the app or selecting the right plan by calling 800-930-7956. We are here to help you. Many people don’t realize that there is no fee to work with an agent. With our help and the new paper application you won’t experience the ObamaCare website timing out nor the long wait times for hotline assistance (apparently reported up to 45 mins!). And, not to worry, you will be still be eligible for ObamaCare subsidies if you qualify.
When you’re done with your application fax it to 310-765-4136 or mail it to the address on the cover sheet of your application.
ACA: Fed SHOP Delay, Small Businesses Enroll Through Agents
November 30, 2013
By Amy De Vore+
Healthcare.gov delayed the Affordable Care Act federal SHOP* exchanges purchased through their site till 2015. However, small businesses, if they qualify, may still receive SHOP tax credits when they enroll through insurance agents or brokers for the new ObamaCare small business plans.
*SHOP stands for Small Business Health Option.
This is just one of many delays, including the employer requirement that employers with 50 or more full-time equivalent employees must offer insurance or face a penalty. This was also delayed until 2015.
SHOP Employers Enroll Through Agents
Agents, like the team at Medicoverage, will be able to help employers find a plan(s) and enroll them, even though they cannot use the federal website. For employers to get an idea of plans click here to see the individual and family ACA Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans available. Employers will need to contact their agent directly at 800-930-7956 to find out what works best for them.
If Your Employer Chooses Not to Enroll in SHOP
If you are an employee who will not receive job-based health insurance you are still mandated to have health insurance or pay an ACA penalty (tax). If you need your own health insurance go to HealthApplication.com to fill out your individual or family application. Once you send in this application your agent will inform whether you are eligible for federal subsidies and explain the plans to you.
Remember before you do anything, check with your employer to see if they enroll you in a plan. If your employer offers you qualifying insurance you cannot receive subsidies. For further questions contact Medicoverage.
Fed’s ACA Website Will Not Be Fixed by Dec 1st, CMS Says
November 27, 2013
By Katie Banks+
The federal website, Healthcare.gov, “will not work perfectly on Dec. 1,” per CMS spokesperson, Julie Bataille. The spokesperson went on to say, “periods of suboptimal performance” will still be present due to high traffic and technical difficulties, according to The John and Rusty Report.
The website has been plagued with long wait times and the system timing out when people try to apply for one the new ACA plans: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Bataille’s announcement came after the federal website had an unexpected one hour outage on Monday, November 25, 2013.
How to Avoid the Federal Website
Many people may not realize that they do not have to use the federal website to be insured and receive federal subsidies on January 1, 2014. Agents and brokers are able to help people enroll in plans without the consumer having to go onto the fed’s site. All federal applications should be in as early as possible to have coverage on January 1, 2014. Below you will find the application:
At anytime if you have a question while filling out your application or to learn about which plan is right for you call 800-930-7956 or contact Medicoverage.
ObamaCare: Federal Enrollment Extended Till Dec 23rd
November 27, 2013
By Ray Wilson+
The federally run Obamacare plans have received an extension till December 23, 2013 for a January 1, 2014 start date. This gives consumers in those states an extra 8 days to decide on one of the new Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum plans.
Go to Healthapplication.com to get your paper application. Once you fill out the application and send it in, you will be contacted to discuss plans and informed if you qualify for subsidies. Remember to fax, scan and email, or snail mail your application in as soon as possible.
To learn if your state has extended its deadline call 800-930-7956 or contact Medicoverage.
Do you Live in one of the 24 States Not Expanding Medicaid?
November 07, 2013
By Amy De Vore+
24 states have decided not to expand Medicaid to about 5.4 Million eligible residents. The Affordable Care Act presented a plan to the states that 100% of the cost of Medicaid would be covered by the federal government for the first three years, after that the states would pay 10% of the cost in the fourth year. However, some states did not think was advantageous to its citizens. Individuals are still able to purchase the Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum plans, but they would not be eligible for subsidies if they fall below 100% of the poverty line ($11,490 for 2013).
The following states have chosen not to expand Medicaid: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
For further questions call 800-930-7956.
Missouri ObamaCare Exchange Rates
October 08, 2013
By Ray Wilson+
Missouri’s new ObamaCare plans and pricing have been released for 2014. Missouri defaulted to the let feds run their Exchange. That really doesn’t mean anything for you specifically, except the website might be slower. Many people are unaware they can call a provider or insurance agent directly to help with the new Affordable Care Act Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum plans.
Missouri ObamaCare Rates
Missouri’s 2014 chart below shows premium rates limited to a few ages to give you an idea of what your monthly cost may be. Take note that the following premiums do not include subsidies. Call 800-930-7956 or contact Medicoverage to learn if you qualify for premium subsidies or cost-sharing subsidies and your specific monthly premium. Scroll to the right to see prices.
Click here to see a full-screen version of the Missouri ObamaCare rate chart.
How the Affordable Care Act Helps the Uninsured
May 31, 2013
By Amy De Vore+
The Affordable Care Act helps the uninsured in a few ways. For instance, in the LA Times today there was an article about a woman making $12.68 an hour, mother of one child, lives in Los Angeles, and recently choose to forego surgery because she was uninsured. As of January 1st this woman would have options for health coverage.
How the Affordable Care Act Helps Uninsured
She isn’t qualified for Medicaid, however since she works she may qualify for job-based insurance as 2015. Until then and if her employer doesn’t offer insurance she would qualify for premium subsidies and cost-sharing subsidies, and her daughter would qualify for Medi-Cal.
Costs for Lower-Income Families
The article doesn’t state how old she is, but if she is 30, her Silver plan premium could be as low as $93 a month and her deductible would be reduced from $2000 to $500, and a reduced maximum out of pocket from $6,350 to $2,250. This would apply to any single parent to one child living in the Los Angeles area, making her salary.
How do Lower-Income Families and Individuals Get Insurance?
First, it’s important to remember for anyone purchasing a plan from the Health Insurance Marketplace you need your W2 paperwork and financial information handy like child support, alimony, assets. Then you can either go directly through your state’s newly established call center’s navigators or you can go through your insurance agent. Many don’t realize that agents can help with on and off-Exchange plans.
Lower Income Seniors
Seniors do not have to do anything as of January 1st. Seniors stay on Medicare and do not apply for the new metal plans. Make sure your friends and parents are aware that there is nothing for them to do, because states are vocally expressing their concerns about seniors being tricked by scammers into giving away personal information due to the lack of awareness in regards to the ACA.
To learn if you qualify for a subsidy call 800-930-7956 or contact Medicoverage.
Missouri Healthcare Exchange: List of Important Facts
May 15, 2013
By Ray Wilson+
For Missouri’s 6 Million residents The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AKA ObamaCare or Healthcare Exchange, begins on January 1, 2014. Will you be ready for the changes? We have compiled a list of the most important things you must know in order to be prepared.
• Everyone must purchase federally approved health insurance, unless otherwise exempt, during initial enrollment period. If you choose to go without insurance you will be charged a penalty based on your income. To read more about penalties for the uninsured and to learn if you are exempt, please read the article Affordable Care Act: Penalties for the Uninsured.
• Beginning October 1, 2013 and ending March 31, 2014, all residents of Missouri are encouraged to apply for health coverage during this open enrollment. After the first year, the open enrollment period is 3 months. Contact 800-930-7956 extension 0 for assistance signing up.
• Preexisting conditions no longer prohibit residents of MO from obtaining health coverage. To learn more about this, read the article ObamaCare: Guaranteed Issuance for Everyone.
• Federal subsidies are available for over 700,000 of the currently uninsured in Missouri, as well as for anyone making under 45k per year. To learn more about subsidies and to find out if you qualify for a federal subsidy, read the article Health Care Exchange Subsidies: Do You Qualify?
If you are a resident of Missouri and want help understanding the Healthcare Exchange or for any other questions please call 800-930-7956 the number above or contact Medicoverage: ObamaCare MO.