Maine Bureau of Insurance to Hold Public Informational Sessions Regarding the Federal Health Care Reform Law (ACA)

Topics to Include the New Federal Health Insurance Exchanges and Newly Proposed Plans for the Individual and Small Group Markets

GARDINER – Superintendent Eric Cioppa has announced that the Maine Bureau of
Insurance will be holding public information sessions regarding the federal health care reform law (ACA).  Individuals seeking information about the new federal health insurance exchanges, newly proposed plans for offering on the exchanges, or other aspects for the health insurance portions of the ACA are invited to attend.

Questions about all other types of insurance are also welcomed.  The Bureau will address all insurance-related questions or concerns.  Informational materials will be available.  Dates, locations and times are listed below:

August  15th:    6 pm, USM, Portland (Talbot Lecture Hall) 

August 16th:     6 pm, Husson University, Bangor (CFB Conference Room)

August 29th:     6 pm, Central Maine Community College, Auburn (Kirk Hall)

August 30th:     6 pm, University of Maine, Presque Isle, (Allagash Room)

Each session will be preceded at 5:00 p.m. with a public session for individuals wishing to comment on Anthem’s request to discontinue its current plans in the individual market and offer people with those plans the option of selecting one of Anthem’s newly proposed plans.  Approximately 17,500 people in Maine are covered by one of Anthem’s current individual plans.  Some of those people would be ‘grandfathered’ and able to maintain their present coverage, because they signed up for the policy prior to the ACA becoming federal law.  The Bureau will hold a formal hearing on this matter on September 9, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Room 208 of the Burton M. Cross State Office Building in Augusta.   

Consumers with questions about the ACA can also call the Bureau of Insurance toll-free at 1-800-300-5000 or visit the agency’s website (www.maine.gov/insurance). 

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