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October 2, 2013
North Dakotans invited to learn more about changes in health insurance

BCBSND will host statewide information sessions for families and individuals in October

FARGO — Knowing that changes in health care reform is generating many questions, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota (BCBSND) is hosting a series of information sessions for individuals and families in October. BCBSND has made efforts to educate a variety of groups, including employers, agents, brokers and consumers for the past two years through seminars, forums and other avenues; these sessions are an extension of those educational efforts. The statewide information sessions will explain the changes and the impact of the law, commonly referred to as "Obamacare," on health insurance coverage, choices and costs.

BCBSND will host sessions in eight different cities across the state of North Dakota.  All meetings are free and open to both BCBSND members and non-members. The sessions are generally geared toward those who buy their own health insurance, are uninsured or are not offered coverage by their employer. Interested individuals can choose from two sessions each day. Morning sessions are scheduled from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. and the afternoon sessions are scheduled from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at these cities and locations:

Oct.8 – Grand Forks, Canad Inns Destination Center
Oct. 9 – Minot, Grand Hotel
Oct. 10 – Dickinson, Ramada Grand Dakota Lodge
Oct. 15 – Bismarck, Kelly Inn
Oct. 17 – Jamestown, Gladstone Inn & Suites
Oct. 21 – Fargo, Ramada Plaza Fargo Hotel and Conference Center
Oct. 22 – Williston, Hampton Inn & Suites
Oct. 23 – Valley City, AmericInn Lodge & Suites

Each session will feature frequently asked questions noted by individuals and families who are facing new choices. Topics covered will include:

  • The impact of the federal requirement that most Americans have health insurance
  • What "essential benefits" are included in every new health insurance plan
  • How to determine eligibility for the federal tax credit to help pay for your health insurance
  • Important factors that will affect your coverage plan choices
  • Critical dates for enrollment
  • Shopping for the right health plan for your individual or family situation.

Pre-registration is encouraged because of limited seating at each location. Interested individuals can submit specific questions in advance as well as register online at www.ItStartsWithBlueND.com or by calling 800-280-2583. Complete information, addresses and maps of each meeting location are also available on the website. The sessions are part of the member-owned company's on-going commitment to keep North Dakotans informed about changes in the health care system and health insurance in North Dakota. 

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota
BCBSND is a member-owned, not-for-profit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. As North Dakota's largest provider of health care coverage, BCBSND is taking BOLD steps to collaborate with doctors, hospitals, clinics and members to ensure affordable access to quality health care in the state. To learn more about BCBSND, visit www.BCBSND.com.

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