BlueCross Again Extends Marketplace Payment Deadline

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has extended to Jan. 31 the premium payment deadline for consumers who selected a Health Insurance Marketplace plan by Dec. 24. The effective date of coverage for those plans was Jan.1.

The original deadline for payment on these plans was Dec. 31, but previous technical issues with the healthcare.gov website prompted BlueCross to extend it to Jan. 15 and now to Jan. 31 to help reduce the possibility of gaps in coverage.

“We wanted to provide as much flexibility as possible for our members — many of whom are new to the process of purchasing insurance,” said Kelly Paulk, director of product strategy for BlueCross. “Payment is the final step in the process. Consumers can apply and select a plan, but it is payment of the premium that completes enrollment and puts their coverage into effect.”

Members who saw a doctor or filled a prescription before they paid their premium can submit these bills to BlueCross, after they make their first premium payment. Payment can be made online, via mail by check, or by calling 855 484-0282.

Following are some helpful tips for Marketplace shoppers:

  •  If you have enrolled in a plan and paid the first month’s premium, you should receive welcome materials from the insurer within seven to 10 business days. If not, call the Marketplace customer service line at 800 -318-2596, to verify you completed your enrollment.
     
  • Confirm you’ve made payment. When applying through healthcare.gov, you should be directed to the insurer’s website to make arrangements for your premium payment. If not, call the insurance company directly to make payment. Making payment is necessary to put coverage into effect.
     
  •  You’re just not sure you completed enrollment. It usually takes two business days/ three over weekends for your information to be transferred to and uploaded by the insurer. If you enrolled in a BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee plan, you can call 800 459-6363 to verify that we received the enrollment information.
  •  You haven’t started shopping yet. Remember that signing onto healthcare.gov from your own computer is not the only way to shop for coverage unless you specifically want to check to see if you qualify for a premium tax credit. You can call BlueCross to shop at 800 459-6363. You can also call the Marketplace directly at 800 318-2596 to enroll over the phone. There is a list of certified brokers and certified application centers on BlueCross’ website bcbst.com/knownow. Marketplace open enrollment continues through March 31.

Local Girls Recognized By The American Lung Association For Outstanding Achievements

The American Lung Association in Tennessee will be recognizing the work of five local scholars, published authors, and accomplished philanthropists next month. But these women haven't had a lifetime to build their success. They haven't even graduated from high school yet.  The ALA Young Women of Distinction Award is offered each year to high school seniors who set themselves ... (click for more)

Aledade Partners With Qsource To Create Primary Care Physician-Led ACO In Tennessee

Maryland-based Aledade, Inc. has announced a partnership with Qsource to help independent primary care physicians in Tennessee form and operate an Accountable Care Organization. Aledade partners with independent doctors to create and run ACOs, networks of physicians who band together to deliver coordinated care to patients.  They operate under a payment structure that rewards ... (click for more)

Robber Who Was Shot At Rossville Boulevard Car Lot Dies; No Charges To Be Filed

Police said a person who was shot during a robbery attempt at a car lot at 4314 Rossville Blvd. around 1:50 p.m. on Thursday has died. Police said the shooting has been ruled a "justifiable homicide" and no charges will be brought against 27-year-old Alan Miller. The shooting in which the robbery victim shot the suspect was at Miller Auto Sales. (click for more)

Man Charged In Shooting On Sixth Avenue Had Been Shot Himself Last Week; Police Say Incident "Part Of Gang War"

A man charged with attempted first-degree murder on Sixth Avenue Court on Thursday afternoon was shot himself earlier this month. O'Shae Kadaris Smith, 20, of 2114 E. 12th St., is also charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault and possessing a firearm during the commission of a crime. He was one of two people shot on Rawlings Street on March 16. Kendre Allen, ... (click for more)

The Problems With Prescription Drug Addiction - And Response

In Tennessee today, we have a major problem with prescription drug addiction, particularly when powerful opioid pain relievers are concerned.    For the first time in 2012, Tennesseans abused prescription opioid drugs more than alcohol.  Our young people ages 18-25 abuse prescription opioids at a 30 percent higher rate than the national average.  In just five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Hillman Of Bihar

In the year of our Lord, 1927, there was a very poor child born to a very poor family in a very poor place. His name was Dasrath Manjhi and he was a native of the Musahar community somewhere in India. We know he had no education and, as a member of the lowest Hindu scheduled castes, he didn’t have a cut dog’s chance from the very get go. But after spending considerable time in ... (click for more)