Shorter open enrollment period for health insurance starts on Federally Facilitated Marketplace

NOV. 2 – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance reminds consumers that open enrollment for insurance coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace began Wednesday.

The enrollment period is shorter than in years past, and the department is encouraging Tennesseans to review their options and begin preparation for the new policy year.

Tennessee consumers will have access to marketplace coverage for 2018 no matter where they live. However, consumers in 79 of 95 counties will only have one carrier option.     

In much of the state, including Hardin, McNairy and Wayne counties, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is the only exchange carrier offering coverage.

Humana will no longer be in the Tennessee individual market. In addition, BCBST, Cigna, and Oscar will be the only Affordable Care Act-compliant individual market options for consumers purchasing coverage outside of the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.  

“Tennessee’s individual insurance market remains challenged,” said state Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak. “However, it is important to remember that health insurance coverage is available everywhere in the state. We continue to encourage consumers to shop for the best available plan for their individual situations and preferences. Our Department has a team ready to answer any questions about the insurance-buying process. Current Humana consumers, in particular, should review coverage options as the federal government may auto-enroll them in a new policy with a new carrier if they have not enrolled in a plan before the end of open enrollment.”  

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Firefighter Support Fund Ball set for Saturday

NOV. 1 – Looking for out-of-the-ordinary entertainment for Saturday night, dinner, dancing to a live band and access to a nightclub only steps away – then come one, come all to the Firefighter Support Fund Ball.

The Firefighter Support Fund is hosting its Fourth Annual Firefighter’s Ball on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 6 p.m.

This year the Support Fund has booked Freddy T’s Restaurant & Beach Club in Counce and the venue is exclusive access for ticket holders.

Ticket costs include a meal, a wrist band for those over 21 years of age who wish to participate in club activities, entertainment for the evening, and the venue.

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Halloween arson burns 150 hay bales, barn

OCT. 31 – An early Halloween morning fire suspected to be arson totally destroyed a large pole barn and between 100 and 150 bales of hay, according to Hardin County Fire Chief Melvin Martin.

The fire started on property owned by Randy Ferrara, at 2585 Fox Hollow Loop in the Walnut Grove (Dist. 11) community.

“It was called in by a passerby at about one o’clock (a.m.). The barn was fully involved on arrival, and had between about 100 to 150 hay bales inside – the barn and hay are a total loss,” said Martin.

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