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Monday, November 11, 2013

SCALDING HOT: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE EXCHANGE PLANS

I wish we could answer every question Texas physicians have right now about participating in the insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Based on our email and phone traffic — plus the meetings we had with large group leaders in Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth — the issue is at the top of your minds. Do I have to participate? Am I already signed up? Will I get a new contract? What will they pay? What about the 90-day grace period for patients who don’t keep current on their premiums? To address as many of those questions as possible, as quickly as possible, we pushed out early an article that will appear in the December issue of Texas Medicine. I hope you’ll find “Marketplace Means Decisions for Doctors” to be helpful. We’re also planning a live webinar and other tools to help you better understand the marketplace plans and make the best decisions for your practice. Stay tuned for details. And don’t forget TMA’s “Hey, Doc” campaign — chock-full of answers to questions your patients have about the marketplace. This week, we look at the platinum, gold, silver, and bronze plans and what those categories mean for patients.

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