If you would like to purchase health insurance outside of the yearly Open Enrollment window, then you will need a qualifying life event (QLE) to do so. Open Enrollment begins on November 15th and lasts through February 15th each year. Without such an event, insurance companies will turn down your application. How Do Qualifying Life …

August 6, 2015

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If you are looking for Ohio health insurance plans in Columbus, Cleveland or Cincinnati -then you are in the right place. Our Ohio based independent insurance agency offers coverage from several carriers both on and off the federal exchange. In our opinion, it is important to work with an Ohio based insurance agency if that’s …

August 5, 2014

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Health insurance open enrollment under Obamacare has different rules. Unless it’s Open Enrollment, you may not be able to purchase health insurance without a qualifying event. Special election periods will be available outside of open enrollment for those who meet certain criteria. If none of the life events listed below apply, then applicants will need …

April 2, 2014

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Our insurance agency has received several inquiries about the upcoming Obamacare penalty amounts for those who do not purchase health insurance.  It is important to understand how these penalties will be enforced and ways to avoid them. The penalties will vary for singles and for families and can, for some, end up being a portion of their …

October 9, 2013

Category: Health Care Reform, Health Insurance, Uncategorized

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Under current rules and regulations, you buy health insurance either on the the Federal (or in some states local) exchange or off.  Here in Ohio, we are on the Federal exchange. Understanding your options will help you know whether you qualify for subsides, Medicaid and what your penalty might be. We help our clients sort …

September 26, 2013

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Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) there are many questions about the individual mandate as it relates to new taxes and/or penalties for those who have not purchased health insurance. It is important to understand that these new taxes (or penalties) will be phased in over …

July 2, 2012

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Vanishing deductible benefits are not for car insurance policies only.  Health insurance providers are also offering policies with a deductible that decreases over time when the chosen limit has not been reached by the insured(s). This is being done in an effort to make older health insurance polices more attractive and to retain healthy customers …

February 14, 2012

Category: Health Insurance, Health Savings Accounts

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Parts of the new  health care legislation have already taken affect, but there is quite a bit of confusion over the guaranteed issue status for children under the age of 19 years old. (Editor’s note: Some of the information below is outdated – please contact us to discuss a child-only health insurance application.) As of September …

October 14, 2010

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As part of the health care reform bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, new high risk health insurance pools will be created by several states. The pools are designed to last 40 months and bridge the gap until applicants with preexisting conditions must be underwritten for permanent coverage. …

August 5, 2010

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New state and federal laws allow Ohio residents to keep children insured on a parent’s health insurance policy past age 23. Federal law only requires that coverage is offered to age 26, but state law allows for dependents to be insured up to age 28. Those who are insured through an employer based group health insurance plan and …

June 23, 2010

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You might purchase a health insurance policy that can be coupled with a health savings account simply to obtain lower monthly premiums. In exchange for covering more of the incidental expenses out of pocket with a HSA qualified plan, you can keep your individual or family health insurance more affordable. Perhaps of more importance are …

June 17, 2010

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As debate heats up about the rising cost of individual and family health insurance around the country, many carriers are looking at ways to reduce premiums for existing and future insureds. Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield recently introduced new coverage options with new benefit designs in order to keep prices affordable. Our agency is proud …

February 11, 2010

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2010 Update: American Community has been placed into rehabilitation and will no longer be offering individual, family or group health insurance policies in any state. American Community will continue to provide benefits for their in-force policyholders as their financial conditions is being accessed. As of late December 2009, American Community and the Ohio Department of …

January 19, 2010

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With a new year comes new limits from Congress on the amounts you can deposit into your health savings account.   Contributions can be written off against your gross income and withdrawn tax free for qualified medical expenses. Minimum Plan Deductible Maximum Plan Out of Pocket 2010 Contribution Limit Age 55 and Older Catch Up …

January 14, 2010

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In a landscape of national health insurance companies, Medical Mutual is considered to be more of a regional insurance player.  While they have branched out to other states in the last few years, they are best known in Ohio as an individual, family and group health insurance provider.  In business since 1934, they offer products …

January 12, 2010

Category: Health Insurance

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