Michiana doctors prepare for insurance marketplace launch

The health insurance marketplace launches in less than a week. Local doctors are studying up to be informed about the changes.

Staff at Family Medicine of South Bend stayed in for lunch Wednesday for a special healthcare seminar. Doctors and nurses brought out the notepads instead of the stethoscope and paid close attention to Don Griffey.

“Patients are going to have questions for their doctors,” Griffey said. “It’s important they have an overview and can answer basic question.”

The seminar walked staff through everything from the various plans that will be available to the income levels eligible for subsidies.

“In general, the rates are going to be higher,” Griffey said. “But, many will be offset with the availability of subsidies. Many individuals in Michiana will qualify for some degree of subsidy.”

One of the doctors at the practice said the seminar is crucial so that they are prepared as a business for the looming changes.

“When you’re independent and managing your own business, you have to adapt to the marketplace,” said Dr. Frederick Scheel. “While this a quantum change for the market we are just trying to position ourselves as best we can.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the estimated premium some Hoosiers will be paying. The report indicates that a 27-year-old living in Indiana and making $27,000 would pay about $70 per month for the lowest cost bronze plan in the marketplace.

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