Obama announces policy change for plans slated to be discontinued

President Barack Obama recently announced that health insurance companies may be able to allow their members to stay on plans in 2014 that do not meet Affordable Care Act requirements, with state insurance regulator approval. This means that some Americans who have received insurance plan discontinuation letters may be able to keep their current plans and may not need to move to a new plan starting on January 1, 2014.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota is currently gathering more information about how this will affect its members. We will reach out to members when we are able to provide them with clear options.

As health care reform continues to evolve, we remain committed to continuing to provide our members with affordable, quality health insurance, along with the outstanding customer service they have come to expect from us.

We know health care is complex and navigating through health reform regulations can be confusing. We’re here to help. Find out more about health reform impacts on our health reform site at www.ItStartsWithBlueND.com. Let us know if you have any questions.

Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.

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