An Early Christmas Gift: Health Care Enrollment Extended!

elf with reindeerIsn’t it a great feeling when you just change someone’s whole day? I was able to do that the other day and it was just wonderful. You see sometimes when elves get frazzled around the holidays; they know they can count on me for a little help. I was chatting with Jodie and she was one stressed-out elf. Jodie was extremely overwhelmed with taking on her new business of training the reindeer to play new games. And the poor thing thought she missed the deadline to enroll in health insurance.

Well this is where I got to change her whole mood. I told her that the deadline has been extended! You have until Dec. 23, 2013 to enroll in a health insurance place to have coverage effective on Jan. 1, 2014.

Well, let me tell you, I could feel the relief of that weight coming off her shoulders. I did remind her the first month’s premium payment needs to be to Avera Health Plans by Jan. 31 to be effective but also not to worry as open enrollment is available until March to avoid any tax penalties.  I told her to check out Avera Health Plans online or healthcare.gov if she wants to see if they qualify for tax credit because that is the only place she can get financial assistance.

After a few of my top secret hints for training the reindeer, Jodie was a happy elf and now knows she has a plan!

By Mrs. Claus

Santa's Wife at North Pole

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