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Blue Cross extends 'Obamacare' deadline

by Jaclyn Cosgrove Published: January 8, 2014
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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma has extended its deadline to pay for coverage for customers who bought private insurance plans through the federal insurance marketplace. The new deadline is Jan. 30.

The deadline to enroll in coverage has moved about five times over the past few weeks. The deadline extensions came after people had trouble signing up for coverage through HealthCare.gov and also because of the high call volumes that insurance companies have experienced as people pay for coverage and call to ask questions.

Blue Cross released a statement today explaining the extension:

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC)/Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) is committed to helping consumers understand and enroll in coverage on and off the new health insurance exchange or Marketplace. To give customers extra time to pay their first month’s premium, HCSC/BCBSOK will extend the payment deadline to January 30, 2014 for those who signed up for new health coverage with a January 1, 2014 effective date.

However, as has always been our practice, it’s important for our customers to understand that their coverage with a January 1, 2014 effective date will only be activated (i.e. they will be eligible for services and their claims will be processed) once they pay their first month’s premium.

For additional information, individuals are encouraged to visit bcbsok.com.

Blue Cross has posted resources on its website regarding payment options, how to check your application’s status, etc.

by Jaclyn Cosgrove
Medical and Health Reporter
Jaclyn Cosgrove writes about health, public policy and medicine in Oklahoma, among other topics. She is an Oklahoma State University graduate. Jaclyn grew up in the southeast region of the state and enjoys writing about rural Oklahoma. She is...
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