Majority Of Marketplace Shoppers Enrolled In BlueCross Plans

Friday, January 17, 2014

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee accounted for an estimated 86 percent of plans sold on the Marketplace for individual coverage, attracting more than 31,000 of the 36,000 Tennesseans who enrolled last year.

Of the total number of BlueCross enrollees, 30 percent were from the Nashville Marketplace region, followed by the Knoxville region with 18 percent, and Chattanooga and Memphis regions with 12 percent each.

The estimated enrollment figures represent the period of Oct. 1  through Dec. 28, 2013 by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), which reported that 36,250 Tennesseans signed up for a Marketplace plan. Nationally, enrollees for the same period stood at 2.2 million Americans, according to HHS. Enrollment for the Marketplace continues through March 31, 2014.

“We’re proud to be the insurer of choice on the Marketplace in Tennessee,” said Henry Smith, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for BlueCross. “We worked hard to provide the most plan options of any carrier, with multiple networks and a range of pricing to meet the needs of individuals seeking coverage.”

Tennessee enrollees in BlueCross plans closely mirror those signed up for coverage across the country. Age distributions are very similar, with almost one in every four individuals falling between ages 18 and 34. And, 55 percent of purchases were made by females versus 45 percent bought by males. (See chart below.)

Compared to national results, BlueCross members are more likely to have a silver plan (67% vs. 60%). HHS reports that nationally, 79 percent of individuals with a Marketplace plan receive financial assistance in the form of a tax credit or cost share reduction, while in Tennessee 75 percent of Marketplace members receive financial assistance. In comparison, BlueCross data show that 73 percent of BlueCross subscribers receive financial assistance, which closely aligns with the Tennessee data reported by HHS.

In addition to the demographic figures, BlueCross reports that approximately 50 percent of its plans selected by individuals use Blue Network E, BlueCross’ new high-value network created for the Marketplace. Blue Network E is available only in the Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis sales regions, where BlueCross partners with leading health systems to provide access to quality providers at affordable rates.

For more information on BlueCross plans sold on the Marketplace, visit

Diabetes Awareness Seminar Offered Nov. 5

There will be a Diabetes Awareness Seminar in the Ridgeside/Menlo Park Community in Brainerd on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m.–1 p.m.  The seminar will be held at Greater Emmanuel Church, 400 Tunnel Blvd., and everyone is invited to attend this free event.   Registered nurses will provide:  updated diabetes awareness and maintenance information, blood pressure ... (click for more)

CADAS Recognized As One Of Tennessee’s Best By THDA

A sober-living facility being built by the Council for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services was the focus of a Tennessee’s Best award Chattanooga-based nonprofit received last week during the 2016 Governor’s Housing Conference in Nashville. CADAS earned the Tennessee’s Best award from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency in the Housing Plus category. The Tennessee’s ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed In St. Elmo Monday Morning; Police Interview Person Of Interest

One person was shot and killed in St. Elmo Monday morning. Police said they had interviewed a person of interest in the slaying. Chattanooga Police at 8:30 a.m. responded to a person shot at the 5000 block of Florida Ave. Upon police arrival the victim (male) had already succumbed to his injuries. The victim suffered at least one gunshot wound. At this time the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

6 People, Including 4 Children, Die In Mobile Home Fire In Trion, Ga.

Six people, including four children, died in a mobile home fire at Trion, Ga., on Sunday night. The fire broke out on Airport Road in Chattooga County. The victims were identified as Miron Bradley Jones, 29; Demi Josephine Jones, 22; Clair McKenzie Jones, 5, Lola Rosanna Jones, 3, Olivia Josephina Jones (three months), and Jada Marie Kendrick, 5, who was a cousin spending ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Testerman Forum

I badly misjudged how long it would take me to do my “early voting.” I was in-and-out in no time so I got to the Hamilton County School Board’s agenda meeting well enough beforehand to have an “educational forum” with board member David Testerman. If you haven’t noticed, forums and summits and “community enlightenment” groups are the new rage and, as my friend David laughed, “They ... (click for more)