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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Healthcare Plan, Inc. Changes to ACA Individual Health Plans in 2018

August 07, 2017
A Message from Jeff Fusile
President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Healthcare Plan, Inc.
 
For more than seven decades, we’ve been proud to offer affordable health plans that give Georgians access to quality health care. In 2014, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started, we created a new set of quality, affordable health plans to offer consumers through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also called the exchange. 
 
But the market for these plans has become unstable. And with federal rules and guidance changing, it’s no longer possible for us to offer those plans. 
 
Starting in 2018, we will reduce our ACA plans on the exchange 
This is not an easy decision for us. We know that changes like these can have a real impact on the people we serve. Nothing will change for this year. Beginning on January 1, 2018, we’ll offer on- and off-exchange Individual health plans in 85, mostly rural counties that might not otherwise have access to health insurance coverage. This doesn’t impact people with employer-sponsored insurance or Medicare. 
 
We’re committed to helping you find health plan options for 2018 and beyond, and we’ll continue to work hard to find new ways to keep health care benefits affordable. As we get closer to open enrollment, we’ll update this page with new information. So you may want to bookmark it to return here easily. In the meantime, if you have questions, please take a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and links to other resources below.
 
Q: I have a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Healthcare Plan, Inc. (BCBSHP) individual ACA health plan - when do I have to find new coverage?
A: Nothing is changing with your BCBSHP ACA health plan in 2017. Later this year, you’ll have to shop for a new plan for 2018. You’ll do this during the open enrollment period starting November 1. Affected members will receive an official notice that their plan is ending, along with information on options for next year. We’ll help you connect with the right people to find a new plan.
 
Q: Are you also discontinuing individual dental and vision plans in Georgia?
A: No, this change affects BCBSHP’s individual ACA health plans only. We’ll continue to offer dental and vision plans in Georgia.
 
Q: I get health benefits from my employer. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects BCBSHP’s individual ACA health plans only. Plans sponsored by employers are not impacted.
 
Q: I have a BCBSHP Medicare plan. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects BCBSHP’s individual ACA health plans only.
 
Q: Which counties are you offering 2018 plans in?
A: Here is a list of the counties where we’ll offer plans for 2018
 
Guided Access:
  • Bibb
  • Houston
  • Richmond
Non-Guided Access:
  • Appling
  • Atkinson
  • Bacon
  • Baldwin
  • Ben Hill
  • Berrien
  • Bleckley
  • Brantley
  • Brooks
  • Bryan
  • Bulloch
  • Burke
  • Camden
  • Candler
  • Carroll
  • Charlton
  • Clinch
  • Coffee
  • Colquitt
  • Columbia
  • Cook
  • Crawford
  • Decatur
  • Dodge
  • Dooly
  • Early
  • Echols
  • Effingham
  • Emanuel
  • Evans
  • Glascock
  • Glynn
  • Grady
  • Hancock
  • Haralson
  • Heard
  • Irwin
  • Jasper
  • Jeff Davis
  • Jefferson
  • Jenkins
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Lanier
  • Laurens
  • Liberty
  • Lincoln
  • Long
  • Lowndes
  • McDuffie
  • McIntosh
  • Meriwether
  • Miller
  • Monroe
  • Montgomery
  • Morgan
  • Oglethorpe
  • Peach
  • Pierce
  • Pulaski
  • Putnam
  • Screven
  • Seminole
  • Taliaferro
  • Tattnall
  • Telfair
  • Thomas
  • Tift
  • Toombs
  • Treutlen
  • Troup
  • Turner
  • Twiggs
  • Upson
  • Ware
  • Warren
  • Washington
  • Wayne
  • Wheeler
  • Wilcox
  • Wilkes
  • Wilkinson
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