Independence Blue Cross helps consumers enroll in health insurance before deadline

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 / Published in Press Releases

December 15 is the deadline to sign up to be covered on January 1

Philadelphia, PA  Independence Blue Cross (Independence), the region’s leading health insurance organization, is reminding individual consumers that they must enroll in a health insurance plan on or before December 15 if they want to be covered starting January 1, 2017.

The Independence Express, the insurer’s mobile education and retail center, will be traveling throughout the community to help consumers understand their plan options and enroll in the coverage that is right for them:

December 13 through 15, 2016
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center
175 East City Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Independence LIVE, the new customer and community experience center, offers a variety of health and wellness opportunities for the entire community and is a one-stop-shop for Independence member services. Licensed agents are also available to help people enroll in coverage:

Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Independence LIVE
1919 Market Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Independence licensed sales agents are also available by phone at 1-888-475-6206 to answer questions and help consumers enroll in health coverage from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Consumers can also visit Independence’s easy-to-use website — ibx4you.com — which provides a guided shopping experience to help consumers find the coverage that is right for them. Also available on ibx4you.com is a subsidy estimator which allows consumers to quickly determine if they qualify for financial assistance from the federal government to help pay for their coverage.
To complete the enrollment application, consumers will find it helpful to have on hand the following items for all members of the family they wish to enroll:

  • Social Security numbers (or tax numbers for immigrants in need of insurance);
  • addresses and dates of birth;
  • information on tobacco use;
  • income information (pay stubs or W-2 forms, tax returns, and salaries);
  • employer information, including employer name, address, and telephone number;
  • policy numbers for any current health insurance plans; and
  • information about any work-related health insurance available.

For 2017, Independence is the only insurer offering plans on Pennsylvania’s Federally Facilitated Marketplace — including 12 different HMO and PPO plans across all metallic levels. Open enrollment for individuals and family health plans runs from November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. Consumers looking for health insurance to begin January 1, 2017 must enroll by December 15, 2016.

For more information about Independence events throughout the community during Open Enrollment visit ibx.com/events.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve more than 8.5 million people in 32 states and the District of Columbia, including more than 2.5 million in the region. For nearly 80 years, we have been enhancing the health and wellness of the people and communities we serve by delivering innovative and competitively priced health care products and services; pioneering new ways to reward doctors, hospitals, and other health care professionals for coordinated, quality care; and supporting programs and events that promote wellness. To learn more, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Media Contact:
Laura Hanes
215-241-2736
215-910-0966
Laura.Hanes@ibx.com

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