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Demand soars ahead of Healthcare.gov closing

by Tony Novak, CPA, MBA, MT    March 29, 2014

 

Freedom Benefits recorded its send largest number of online visitor this week ahead of the fist closing of open enrollment season at Healthcare.gov. Open enrollment is scheduled to close on March 31 for 2014 enrollments except for individuals in special circumstances. The largest number of visitors was recorded in the first week of open enrollment season that began in October 2013.

Visitors are primarily interested in finding supplemental insurance to cover the fhigher deductibles left when applicants enrolled in an Obamacare policy. Generally the most economical approach for individuals who pay for their own coverage is to purchase the least expensive bronze level plan on an insurance exchange and then get separate coverage for the deductible and copayment. Lower income individuals may qualify for Medicaid coverage that also provides supplemental coverage for insurance deductibles.

The most popular types of supplemental coverage are discount precription drug cards, dental insurance, accident supplement coverage, deductible supplement coverage. Next week, after open enrollment closes, we expect the focus to shift to short term medical insurance to bridge the gap until the next open enrollment season opens for 2015 coverage.

The federal government reports that 6 million have enrolled for coverage through Healthcare.gov or another insurance exchange but many more remain uncovered.

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