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October 2015
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  • ISMS Resource Helps Patients Navigate ACA Marketplace for 2016

    Open enrollment is about to begin for patients seeking coverage through Get Covered Illinois, the state’s health insurance marketplace. The open enrollment period runs Nov. 1, 2015, through Jan. 31, 2016.

    You should be aware that marketplace offerings, including participating insurers, plan designs and networks continue to change and evolve. These modifications are likely to impact your patients – and, in turn, your practice. 

    Many insurers, such as Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, are discontinuing marketplace products that offer patients access to a broad network of physicians and other health care professionals, while simultaneously adding products with narrower networks and significantly curtailed out-of-network benefits.

    Some plans will be discontinued in 2016. To help state residents, the Illinois Department of Insurance published a bulletin advising marketplace enrollees on what to do if their health insurance plan has been terminated.

    With the potential for a perplexing enrollment process, ISMS updated its FREE patient education flyer on Marketplace coverage for 2016. Be sure to keep a stack on hand for your patients!

    Questions? Call the ISMS Division of Member Advocacy at 800-782-4767 ext. 1470 or send an email.

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