Affordable Care Act

Blue Cross Blue Shield Pays State $100 Million

Apr 18, 2014

Blue Cross Blue Shield has made its first payment to a state fund for health programs. Gongwer News Service reports the amount is $100 million.

The company has to pay because its legal status changed under the Affordable Care Act. Previously it was called an insurer of last resort. But the health care law makes it unnecessary for states to carry those.

The state now considers Blue Cross a nonprofit mutual.

Estimates are that more than 400,000 people statewide will be eligible, including 12,000 to 15,000 in Kalamazoo County

Insurers are expecting a rush of people signing up this week, ahead of the deadline to purchase health insurance

Eventually the expansion is expected to cover 470,000 people

Kim Sanwald and Valerie Lane getting married in San Francisco
Brian Helder

Last November, Kim Sanwald and Valerie Lane were married at city hall in San Francisco, California. When they got back, their health insurance company didn’t recognize them as a couple. So, a few months ago, Sanwald went on the health insurance exchange to find something better.

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