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Limited telephone support is available during business hours at (800) 609-0683.
Covering the Gaps in Obamacare
Health plans and resources for diabetics - a listing of the health plan options and other resources
Most Affordable Supplemental Coverage
Value 24 Hour Accident - up to $10,000 of supplemental health insurance coverage for emergency treatment of injuries at a cost of about $2 per day. Can be used as a stand-alone coverage or added to other insurance.
Primary Individual Major Medical Through a Private Exchange
Members Health Insurance Exchange allows you to price and choose from among many of the nations leading major medical health insurance options from a wide range of carriers. Personal help is available through OnlineNavigator to help with your selection.
Dental and Vision Insurance
Secure DentalOne - one lifetime deductible of $100 and then up to $1,250 per year coverage
Online Life Insurance
International Term Life - up to $2 million coverage issued by Lloyds online specifically for those who spend time outside of the US
10/20/2105 Health Republic Insurance of New York, the nation's most popular insurance cooperative organization, will not offer coverage in 2016. The co-op attracted more than 210,000 members who bought coverage on their own or through small businesses. Members will be eligible to purchase alternative coverage through a commercial carrier at a higher price. Some members are reportedly concerned about finding an affordable alternate coverage. 16 insurers will sell individual health plans in New York’s ACA insurance exchange although most or all are more expensive than the co-op.
2/5/2015 - The New York Daily News reports on the reasons why the state's SHOP insurance exchange has not been popular with small businesses. One of the reasons cited is that firms are sending employees to the individual exchanges where they can buy subsidized insurance. Unfortunately the article does not discuss how many small business owners are putting themselves at risk of tax fines by violating PPACA regulations. In an attempt to work around the rules and save money small businesses are tempted to help employees with the cost of individual insurance. This article lists 5 simple rules that will help keep small business owners out of tax trouble with their health plans.
12/15/2014 - Unfortunately, no new supplemental coverage options are available for New York residents in 2015. Additionally, short term medical insurance is only used in New York state if the applicant previously purchased the policy at a residence outside of the state.
2/11/2014 Professional support for any health care reform issue is available free of charge through an arrangement with OnlineNavigator. All online inquiries are handled personally by Tony Novak, CPA. Online support is available through a number of popular social media channels including Facebook and Google+ as well as e-mail. Telephone support for insurance enrollment is available through Members Insurance Exchange at (800) 609-0683.
7/26/2013 Affordable Smart Term Life Insurance is now available to most U.S. residents from age 20 through 60 EXCEPT FOR NEW YORK RESIDENTS directly online with no physical exam, agent appointment or telephone verification. Most policies are issued on the same day with coverage amounts of $25,000 up to $350,000. The level premium life insurance is available for terms of 10, 15, 20 and 30 years. Sample rates for $150,000 coverage for a preferred risk male age 30, non-tobacco $30.85 per month; tobacco user $49.55 per month. A preferred risk female age 30 non-tobacco user would be $26.49 per month and a tobacco user would be $40.96 per month. Rates are higher for older applicants and lower health risks as described online. Pricing is based on input you provide about your medical history but, unlike most other life insurers, does not consider family medical history. Coverage is issued by innovative National Life Group, rated "A" by A.M. Best Company for 2013. Unfortunately, New York residents must continue to find life insurance through traditional channels.
3/11/2013 This page was updated to include a link to the insurance plan that will be used to determine specific "essential health benefits" for insurance that qualified for 2014 federal tax purposes. Also, a link to additional covered benefits required by state law. Non-qualified insurance is likely to continue to be available at a lower cost that does not include these benefits nor qualify for federal tax purposes.
12/14/2012 New York is one of a minority of states that will run a health insurance exchange for individuals and small businesses that is not managed by the federal government. Consumer advocates who once viewed a state-run exchange as a positive are growing concerned that the state may not be fully committed to implementing all of the funding and features expected to be part of the federal health insurance exchanges that are expected to open in the fall of 2013.
2/1/2012 The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, a division of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that as of June 30, 2011 Oxford Health Insurance, Empire HealthChoice Assurance and Oxford Health Plans are the state's largest health insurance providers and as such, earn the right to set the benchmark for the development of the state's essential benefit plans to debut in 2014 under health reform law.
1/19/2012 With just under two year remaining until final individual health insurance reform laws take effect, New York is one of only five states that does not have a short term medical insurance plan available to bridge the gap until affordable basic health insurance becomes available to everyone. Short term medical insurance is popular basic coverage because it is exempt from the restrictions of health reform law and therefore priced less than half of the rate of a plan that includes all state and federally mandated coverage. The lack of short term coverage in the state has boosted medical insurance tourism among those who need immediate coverage for 2012. A policy purchased while residing outside the state provides valid coverage nationwide including within New York.
2/17/2011 The New York Department of Health was granted more than $27 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to design and develop a health insurance exchange to serve all New York state consumers.
2/3/2011 New York is named as one of the states most likely to cut back on Medicaid spending and coverage. The Universal Health Insurance blog discusses the impact on the state's commercial insurance consumers. The 140 page proposal of 49 ways to cut the state's Medicaid spending is available for public comment.
1/1/2011 New York Bridge Plan is available to qualified individuals with pre-existing medical conditions. More information is available on the plan's Website.
12/16/2010 New York Department of Insurance officials met representatives of 44 other states and numerous employees of the federal Health and Human Services Department in Washington DC this week for a two-day working meeting to discuss the next steps in establish a government-run health insurance exchange under the American Health Benefit Exchange Model Act. Their attendance at this meeting was paid for by a $1 million federal grant awarded by HHS in September to the state for research how to set up an insurance exchange. Two states (Alaska and Minnesota) declined to participate, saying that it was a waste of taxpayer money. Four other states (not identified in press reports) that received federal grants did not send representatives to the meeting. Attendees included representatives of 16 states that are suing the federal government in an attempt to overturn the federal health reform law; specifically the requirement that forces individuals to buy health insurance on the insurance exchange or pay a hefty tax fine.
In its initial federal grant request for the insurance exchange project, New York said that it would: 1) Determine whether its current insurance regulations that go beyond the protections of the Affordable Care Act should be maintained or whether they need to be modified to limit adverse risk selection in the Exchanges, 2) Compile and evaluate background research from current research platforms and private funding by January 2011, 3) Engage stakeholders in the evaluation, planning and development process throughout the one-year planning period, 4) Evaluate the extent to which New York can or should integrate and build on existing programs, as appropriate, 5) Identify and utilize existing resources and capabilities, as appropriate, throughout the one-year planning period and determine the need for additional resources, 6) Design Exchange governance structure and draft legislation, if required, 7) Evaluate financial accounting, auditing, and reporting requirements and potential pathways to securing compliance, 8) Identify existing technical infrastructure resources and needs, 9) Create business operations plan and policies for Exchange, and 10) Identify legislation and regulations needed to create, promote and regulate the Exchange.
The meeting reportedly did not address the role of the commercial health insurance exchanges on the implementation of new competing government systems. The model act does not address inter-state insurance exchange proposals nor insurance sales across state lines. Federal officials admitted that they may not be able to provide further guidance until 2012. Meanwhile, most states are motivated to continue to meet requirements to obtain additional funding promised by the federal government for the establishment of insurance exchange by 2014. Freedom Benefits has previously voiced the opinion that the huge amount of money being spent to set up alternate insurance sales system technologies could be better used providing health benefits to the public. We proposed on the Universal Health Insurance blog that adequate commercial insurance sales systems are already in place that could be modified in a public/private partnership to make health insurance more affordable.
12/8/2010 Just for further clarification, Core Health Insurance and Short Term Medical Insurance is not available in New York. See further discussion in the article "Core Health Insurance in New York" and the most recent blog posting "
5/13/2010 Diabetes Coverage: A new resource to help find health insurance for diabetics in New York is now available at Freedom Benefits.
3/23/2010 The Department of Insurance announced that New York HMOs had premium increases of 17 percent on average this year, with some increases as high as 51 percent.
10/7/2009 Aetna introduced a new portfolio of low cost insurance plans for small businesses. The lowest cost option is $224 per person per month. The plan will be introduced to brokers in two weeks through a series of training seminars.
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