THE TWO VERSIONS OF THE BILL JUSTONE WEEK LEFT IN THEOPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD FOR MONTANANS WHO GET HEALTH INSURANCE THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL EXCHANGE CREATED BY THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

M-T-N’S JONATHON AMBARIAN TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT WHO’S SIGNING UP SO FAR FIVE WEEKS INTO THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD, MONTANA INSURERS AND REGULATORS AGREE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE SIGNING UP FOR HEALTH COVERAGE ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET IS CLOSE TO WHAT WAS EXPECTED CG: JOHN DORAN, BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MONTANA “WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF ACTIVITY SINCE DAY ONE, A LOT OF INTEREST IN OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE LINES AND OUR AGENT OFFICES, LOOKING AT THE BENEFIT DESIGNS FOR THIS YEAR, LOOKING AT THE COSTS FOR THIS YEAR” ENROLLMENT STARTED ON NOVEMBER FIRST AND WILL CONTINUE THROUGH DECEMBER 15-TH

THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD WAS CUT ROUGHLY IN HALF THIS YEAR BUT STATE AUDITOR MATT ROSENDALE, MONTANA’S INSURANCE COMMISSIONER, SAYS IT DOESN’T APPEAR THE SHORTER WINDOW WILL REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MONTANANS SIGNING UP CG: MATT ROSENDALE, MONTANA STATE AUDITOR “THE INSURERS, AGAIN, HAVE TOLD ME THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING SMOOTH, THE NUMBERS ARE COMING IN WHERE THEY ANTICIPATED THEM TO BE” AS OF DECEMBER SECOND, THE FEDERAL CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES REPORTED MORE THAN 18-THOUSAND MONTANANS HAVE SIGNED UP FOR PLANS THROUGH HEALTH-CARE DOT GOV BUT THAT NUMBER DOESN’T INCLUDE OTHERS WHO EXTENDED THEIR POLICIES DIRECTLY THROUGH THE INSURANCE COMPANIES

IN ADDITION, THOSE WHO ALREADY HAVE INDIVIDUAL MARKET PLANS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REENROLLED IN THEIR CURRENT PLAN OR THE MOST SIMILAR OPTION IF THEY DON’T MAKE A CHANGE DURING OPEN ENROLLMENT ROSENDALE SAYS IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ANYONE GETTING INSURANCE ON THE INDIVIDUAL MARKET TO LOOK AT ALL THE CHOICES THEY HAVE “IT’S CRITICALLY IMPORTANT FOR FOLKS TO CONTINUE TO SHOP THEY CAN GET INFORMATION AT MONTANA HEALTH ANSWERS DOT COM JOHN DORAN, WITH BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD, ADVISES THEM NOT TO WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE

“WE’VE SEEN IN PREVIOUS YEARS WHERE THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS OF OPEN ENROLLMENT, THE WEBSITE CAN REALLY GET A CRUSH OF ACTIVITY, WHICH TENDS TO SLOW THINGS DOWN IN HELENA, JONATHON AMBARIAN, M-T-N NEWS BY THE END OF THE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD, ITS ESTIMATES THATBETWEEN50 TO 60-THOUSAND MONTANANS WILL HAVE SIGNED UP FOR HEALTH COVERAGE THROUGH THE INDIVIDUAL EXCHANGE FINAL NUMBERS LIKELY WON’T BE AVAILABLE

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