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2017 Affordable Care Act Updates

2017 Affordable Care Act Updates November 1 is the first day of open enrollment for ACA plans. Affordable Care Act updates for 2017 are significant. Julie McPeak serves as the State of Tennessee’s Commissioner of Commerce and Insurance. On August 23, 2016, Ms. McPeak announced that she was approving significant rate hikes in the Affordable […]

How to Qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in Tennessee

You can still enroll in health care for 2016 at any time of the year if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP). The rules about when you can make these changes and the kinds of changes you can make are different for each SEP, so please review carefully. Remember, we have local Tennessee health […]

The Value of Having Health Insurance

The Value of Health Insurance | HealthTN.com

This is the time of year that we field tons of calls about how much insurance really costs. Bottom line.  No matter what your income looks like, there are always costs for you to have health insurance, and whether we are looking at the “old” standard before Obamacare or the “new” one with the Affordable […]

What to know about 2015 taxes and your health insurance

What to know about 2015 taxes and your health insurance | HealthTN.com

As you begin to gather the information you need to file your 2015 taxes, it’s important to remember that information about your health coverage is now a part of the tax filing process. Here’s what you need to know if you have Marketplace coverage: If you enrolled in Marketplace health coverage in 2015, you’ll soon […]

How To Report Income & Household Changes Under Obamacare

How To Report Income & Household Changes Under Obamacare | HealthTN.com

Happy New Year! Are you already enrolled in a 2016 plan? Or maybe you’re in the process of enrolling before January 31st. Either way – 2016 is a year full of possibilities and changes. Some of those changes may be in your household or with your income. So, what do you do if those things […]

How Can I Save Money on a Silver ACA Plan?

How Can I Save Money on a Silver ACA Plan? | HealthTN.com

It doesn’t take long for many folks researching the Affordable Care Act to decide that the “Silver Plan” is the most financially viable solution for them when it comes to Obamacare.  But as they drill down into the plan, many hope that they can attain additional savings, and that answer is “Yes!” but requires a […]

What?! There’s a Tax Penalty!?

What?! There’s a Tax Penalty!? | HealthTN.com

The clock is ticking for millions of uninsured Americans who are grappling with a critical decision: Should they comply with the federal mandate to purchase health insurance or pay the penalty instead? The Affordable Care Act requires most people who can afford health insurance to buy coverage – a provision known as the individual mandate […]

What to Look for as You Enter the HealthCare.gov Marketplace

What to Look for as You Enter the HealthCare.gov Marketplace | HealthTN.com

Here we are again, another open enrollment and HealthTN.com is here with a quick “how-to” for all of you first-timers shopping for health insurance in the HealthCare.gov Marketplace. Consumers browsing HealthCare.gov for health insurance in this year’s open-enrollment period will immediately notice a couple of items: a quicker window-shopping experience and many more high-deductible health […]

Just What the Heck are Essential Health Benefits?

Just What the Heck are Essential Health Benefits? | HealthTN.com

Well, funny you should ask! Healthcare.gov defines “Essential Health Benefits” as: “The Affordable Care Act ensures health plans offered in the individual and small group markets, both inside and outside of the Health Insurance Marketplace, offer a comprehensive package of items and services, known as essential health benefits. Essential health benefits must include items and […]

What are the Metal Plans?

What Are The Metal Plans? | HealthTN.com

When Obamacare became THE law, that was the point that consumers could begin shopping for health insurance on the state-based and federally facilitated health insurance exchanges. The plans sold in what has been called the Health Insurance Marketplace (or Exchange) are classified into four tiers by actuarial value – the percentage of total expected medical […]

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