Many public exchange plan issuers are trying to cope with high volume, technical problems and consumer confusion by giving would-be private plan enrollees even more time to pay for coverage.
One of the leaders in the exchange plan market – a unit of WellPoint Inc. – has given customers until Jan. 31 to pay for January coverage. If individual customers who chose QHPs by Dec. 23 make their payments by Jan. 31, it will be effective retroactive to Jan. 1, the company says.
The company has posted an explanation of the policy and information about making payments on its website.
Anthem warns that some consumers who’ve picked QHPs might not have received bills.
“If you have not received your initial payment letter, do not worry,” the company says in a letter to Connecticut residents. “It may be due to the high volume of late December enrollments. Bills will continue to be processed and mailed over the next week.”