Independence Blue Cross helps consumers sign-up for insurance before February 15 deadline

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 / 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.

To help consumers enroll before the February 15 deadline, Independence will be set up at multiple locations throughout the region with computers, licensed sales agents, and answers to the most vital health plan questions in order to accommodate the anticipated surge of last minute enrollees. In addition, Independence’s toll-free telesales phone line will be open for extended hours.

To complete the enrollment application, consumers will find it helpful to bring the following items for all members of the family who they wish to enroll:

  • Social Security Numbers (or documented numbers for any legal immigrants who need insurance);
  • address information;
  • birth dates;
  • information on tobacco use;
  • income information (paystubs or W-2 Forms, Wage and Tax Statements);
  • employer information, including employer name, address, and phone number;
  • policy numbers for any current health insurance plans; and

information from employer about any available job-related health insurance.

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:
February 9-15, 2015
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center
175 East City Avenue
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Independence licensed sales agents will be available to help consumers enroll at the following community events:
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Super Tax Preparation Day at Concilio
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
141 East Hunting Park Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124

Friday, February 13, 2015
Health & Taxes at Finanta
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1301 North 2nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19122

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 on Friday, February 13, 2015:
7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Jefferson Station (formerly Market East Station)
Market Street between 10th & 12th streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107

7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
69th Street Transportation Center
69th and Market streets
Upper Darby, PA 19082

7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Suburban Station
16th Street & JFK Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102

To help consumers enroll, Independence is opening the lobby of its headquarters:
Friday, February 13, 2015
1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Independence Blue Cross lobby
1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Saturday, February 14, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Independence Blue Cross lobby
1901 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Sunday, February 15, 2015
12 noon to 5 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 in health coverage that is right for them and their families:
1-888-475-6206

Friday, February 13, 2015 and Saturday, February 14, 2015: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sunday, February 15, 2015: 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.

About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is the leading health insurance organization in southeastern Pennsylvania. With our affiliates, we serve 9.6 million people in 25 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in the region. 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 ibx.com/facebook and on Twitter at @ibx. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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

Kathleen Conlon
215-241-4576 (office)
267-319-2399 (cell)
Kathleen.Conlon@ibx.com

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