March 12, 2014
We know you are aware that President Obama announced extended federal relief for non-ACA compliant policies for an additional 2 years beyond the one year relief offered in December 2013. However, that extension is not available in New York. New York was not among the twenty-six states (mostly those that elected to use the federal exchange rather than creating a State run exchange) that elected to offer relief following the President’s December extension for non-compliant plans, and neither Oxford nor Empire BCBS has indicated that anything has changed with regard to April 1 effective dates or underwriting because of President Obama’s latest offer.
Please submit your applications for insurance immediately in order to obtain an April 1 effective date if you have not already done so.