COLUMBIA — BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina have notified the state’s Department of Insurance that the plans will allow their non-grandfathered individual and small group policy holders to renew existing health plan coverage for one year.
“The state’s Department of Insurance stepped up with quick and decisive guidance. Allowing our non-grandfathered members the option of renewing their existing plans for one year is the right thing to do. The additional choice supports our members by giving them more time to prepare for ACA-related changes in the marketplace,” said David Pankau, BlueCross president and CEO.
BlueCross is sending out letters this week to its non-grandfathered members. BlueChoice is contacting its affected members during this same period. Eligible BlueCross and BlueChoice customers who want to keep their current health care coverage do not need to do anything at this time.
A non-grandfathered plan is an individual or small group policy that was purchased after March 23, 2010, when the ACA was signed into law, and/or does not include the broad spectrum of benefits required by the ACA. The ACA provision that required exclusive purchase of an often more expensive ACA plan was delayed recently by the federal government until 2015.
Headquartered in Columbia, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina (www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The only South Carolina-owned and operated health insurance carrier, BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina comprises 47 companies involved in health insurance services, U.S. DoD health program and Medicare contracts, other insurance and employee benefits services, and a philanthropic foundation that funds programs to improve health care and access to health care for South Carolinians.
BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina (www.BlueChoiceSC.com) also is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.