Independence Blue Cross Helps Consumers Sign-Up for Insurance Before December 15 Deadline

Thursday, 11 December 2014 / Published in Press Releases, Products and Services

Enrollment events planned throughout region

Philadelphia, PA – At Independence Blue Cross (Independence), we know that education and engagement around the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is essential. That’s why we are meeting consumers where they live, work, and play to ensure that everyone knows how they can obtain the safety and security of health insurance.

Members who would like to shop or make changes to their plan need to update their Marketplace application by December 15 in order to be sure they have the plan they want on January 1, 2015. Those who are enrolling for the first time will also need to enroll by December 15 in order to have coverage on January 1.

The Independence Express, our mobile education and enrollment center, will be traveling throughout the community to help consumers understand the best health plan options to suit their individual needs:

  • December 11 and 12, 2014
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Northeast Shopping Center, 9173 Roosevelt Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19114
  • December 13 through December 15, 2014
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Riverview Shopping Center, 1100 Columbus Boulevard
    Philadelphia, PA 19147

Team Independence, Independence’s team of associates knowledgeable about health care reform, will be out greeting morning commuters traveling at some of Philadelphia’s most popular transit stations:

  • December 15, 2014
    7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    Jefferson Station (formerly Market East Station)
    Market Street between 10th & 12th streets
    Philadelphia, PA 19107
  • December 15, 2014
    7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.
    69th Street Transportation Center, 69th and Market streets
    Upper Darby, PA 19082

To help members through this renewal process and help new consumers enroll, Independence is opening the lobby of its headquarters:

  • December 15, 2014
    2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Independence Blue Cross lobby, 1901 Market Street
    Philadelphia, PA 19103

Independence licensed sales agents are also available by phone to answer questions and help all consumers enroll or re-enroll in health coverage that is right for them and their families:

  • 1-888-475-6206
    Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
    Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Extended phone hours on December 15, 2014: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

This year Independence is offering 14 different health plans on Pennsylvania’s federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace for coverage effective January 1, 2015, including HMO and PPO plans across all metallic levels and a “catastrophic plan” to provide very basic coverage to adults under 30 or those who qualify due to extreme financial hardship.

Open Enrollment for the new health plans runs from November 15, 2014 through February 15, 2015. Enrolling within this time frame allows consumers to avoid paying a penalty. However, consumers looking for health insurance to begin January 1, 2015 must enroll by December 15, 2014.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve nearly 9.4 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia. For more than 75 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 about how we’re changing the game, visit www.ibx.com. Connect with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ibx and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

Media contacts
Kathleen Conlon
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-4576 (office)
267-319-2399 (cell)
Kathleen.Conlon@ibx.com

Laura Hanes
Independence Blue Cross
215-241-2736 (office)
215-910-0966 (cell)
Laura.Hanes@ibx.com

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