A Message from Paul Nobile
President of Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Wisconsin
For more than 70 years, we’ve been proud to offer affordable health plans that give Wisconsinites access to quality health care. In 2013, when the Affordable Care Act (ACA) started, we created a new set of quality, affordable health plans to offer consumers through the Health Insurance Marketplace, also called the exchange.
But the market for these plans has become unstable. And with federal rules and guidance changing, it’s no longer possible for us to offer those plans.
Starting in 2018, we will reduce our ACA plans on the exchange
This is not an easy decision for us. We know that changes like these can have a real impact on the people we serve. Nothing will change for this year. Beginning on January 1, 2018, we’ll offer just one “off exchange” individual health plan in Menominee County only. This doesn’t impact Anthem’s employer-based, Medicare Advantage, Dental, Vision or Medicaid plans, nor does it impact individuals or families whose plans are “grandfathered” or “grandmothered” (grandfathered plans must have been purchased prior to March 23, 2010, and grandmothered plans must have been purchased by December 2013).
We’re committed to helping you find health plan options for 2018 and beyond, and we’ll continue to work hard to find new ways to keep health care benefits affordable. As we get closer to open enrollment, we’ll update this page with new information. So you may want to bookmark it to get back here easily. In the meantime, if you have questions, please take a look at the frequently asked questions (FAQs) and links to other resources below.
Q: I have an Anthem individual ACA health plan — when do I have to find new coverage?
A: Nothing is changing with your Anthem ACA health plan in 2017. Later this year, you’ll have to shop for a new plan for 2018. You’ll do this during the open enrollment period starting November 1. Affected members will receive an official notice that their plan is ending, along with information on options for next year. We’ll help you connect with the right people to find a new plan.
Q: I didn’t switch to an ACA plan, my individual health plan is grandfathered/grandmothered. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects Anthem’s ACA individual health plans only.
Q: Is Anthem also discontinuing individual dental and vision plans in Wisconsin?
A: No, this change affects Anthem’s individual ACA health plans only. We’ll continue to offer dental and vision plans in Wisconsin.
Q: I get health benefits from my employer. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects Anthem’s individual ACA health plans only. Plans sponsored by employers are not impacted.
Q: I have an Anthem Medicare plan. Does this affect me?
A: No, this change affects Anthem’s individual ACA health plans only. Anthem’s Medicare plans are not impacted.