Marc Ballard

Obamacare change ahead, but existing insurance system likely to hold through 2017

Bill Zenk of TrueNorth's TrueChoices private insurance marketplace for owner-operators believes big change is unlikely before 2018, potentially affecting the penalty for tax year 2017. Eventually, he guesses, the individual mandate to carry insurance likely will be on the chopping block.

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Dec. 15 Obamacare deadline, new health option from NAIT

"TrumpCare" could be some time coming. For now, Dec. 15 is the deadline to purchase health insurance via the state and federal exchanges to ensure coverage begins Jan. 1 and you avoid 2017 tax penalties. A new option for some to avoid the penalty is NAIT's AlieraCare group.

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Health-insurance exchanges open through Jan. for ‘Obamacare, round 4’

Affordable Care Act open enrollment is to purchase and change plans is open through January 31, 2017. The biggest issue this year include premium price increases and the need for many current policyholders to shop their plans due to the mass exodus of insurers from the exchanges.

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Guaranteed-issue life insurance from NAIT

The National Association for Independent Truckers' fairly new life-insurance offering is available to trucker members (membership is $11 monthly) on a guaranteed-issue basis -- up to $50,000 worth in coverage, $25,000 for a spouse.

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Telemedicine: Future for non-emergency care?

Whether you're insured or not for health care, a new relatively affordable telemedicine service geared for truckers and offering 24/7 access to U.S. docs points to the future of non-emergency health care on the road.

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Day of reckoning: Health insurance/tax decisions weighed by owner-operators

As health insurance tax penalties hit many owner-operators, the prospect of paying double next year could change the decision on coverage; meanwhile, the King v. Burwell challenge to the ACA gets under way.

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Podcast: Obamacare, round two — progress report as second enrollment period nears end

What's to consider if you're uninsured come tax time? Will the Supreme Court derail the bedrock of the ACA? Marc Ballard answers these and other questions here.

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Obamacare: More than just a big headache?

With the Affordable Care Act in the process of revolutionizing the individual market for insurance, Overdrive talked with Healthy Trucking Association of America representatives about the issues and new avenues toward obtaining health insurance.

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Other ways through the health-insurance maze

Another look at potential Affordable Care Act health-insurance exchange scenarios.

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